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NATO says 200 insurgents killed or captured in Afghanistan

Other News Materials 24 October 2011 16:34
NATO-led international forces on Monday said they had either captured or killed nearly 200 insurgents in eastern Afghanistan during intensified military operations.
NATO says 200 insurgents killed or captured in Afghanistan

NATO-led international forces on Monday said they had either captured or killed nearly 200 insurgents in eastern Afghanistan during intensified military operations.

International Security Assistance Force spokesman Carsten Jacobson said troops had completed two combined combat operations in the east and around Kabul province in the past week, DPA reported.

"We can now say that at least 20 Haqqani-affiliated insurgents have been killed or capture during these operations," he said.

Jacobson also claimed that 175 other insurgents were either detained or killed in the course of the week-long operations.

The eastern region borders Pakistan where NATO says the Haqqani network is based.

Troops also seized more than 400 kilograms of explosives, weapons, munitions and computers, the spokesman said.

"Removal of the mid-level cell leaders with their expertise and leadership has significantly disrupted insurgent operations and degrades the Haqqani network's ability to coordinate and execute future attacks against combined team forces and the people of Afghanistan," Jacobson told reporters.

The military coalition also said a NATO soldier died Monday in a roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan.

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