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6 US soldiers, 25 insurgents killed in Kunar clashes

6 US soldiers, 25 insurgents killed in Kunar clashes

Apr 01, 2011 - 17:42

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): Twenty-five insurgents and six foreign troops were killed in clashes in eastern Kunar province near the Pakistani border, an official said on Friday.

The six NATOinfo-icon-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) servicemembers lost their lives during two days of heavy fighting with Afghan and Pakistani insurgents, the force media office spokesman in Kabul, Lt. Col. James Johnson, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

The operation, which was continuing Thursday, was designed to drive back the insurgents in the mountainous border region.

The fatalities brought the number of foreign troops killed in Afghanistaninfo-icon this year to 110.

Johnson also said up to 25 insurgents were killed in the offensive.

But a Talibaninfo-icon spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said another four foreign soldiers were killed in a bomb blast in the Ghaziabad district of the province.

Three days ago, local officials said that 20 insurgents were killed during a joint operation by Afghan and foreign forces in Marawara and Sarkano districts.

Media reports quoting US officials said that a helicopter-borne assault into a remote, insurgent-held sanctuary near Afghanistan's border with Pakistaninfo-icon left six US soldiers dead in heavy fighting with Afghan and Pakistani insurgents.

One Afghan soldier also died in the assault, which a US military official said had killed large numbers of enemy fighters and uncovered several weapons caches

The six soldiers killed were identified as Sgt. First Class Ofren Arrechaga, Staff Sgt. Frank Adamski, Specialist Jameson Lindskog, Staff Sgt. Bryan Burgess, Pfc. Dustin Feldhaus and Pvt. Jeremy Faulkner.


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