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NATO and Afghan Forces Kill 25 Insurgents, 3 COs

KABUL, Afghanistan -- NATO and Afghan forces have killed at least 25 insurgents and three of their commanders in separate operations around the country, Afghan and coalition officials said Wednesday.

An Afghan security operation on Tuesday in Mehterlam, the capital city of eastern Laghman province, killed 15 insurgents, the Interior Ministry said. The ministry said the insurgent's commander, identified as Qari Almas, was also killed in the raid.

Meanwhile, joint operations by Afghan troops and the U.S.-led International Assistance Force killed 10 insurgents on Tuesday in southern and eastern Afghanistan, NATO said.

The coalition said five insurgents were killed in the lawless Andar district of eastern Ghazni province, three died in an operation in eastern Logar province, and two were killed in southern Helmand province.

Both the Andar and Helmand killings were carried out by what NATO called "precision strikes," usually a reference to an airstrike.

On Tuesday, an Afghan official said a NATO airstrike killed a senior Taliban commander in southern Helmand province. Ismail Khoutak, the director of the Joint Operations Center in the region, identified the insurgent as Khan Mohammed, also known as Shamssullah. He said Mohammed commanded insurgents in the Mus-a-Qala district.

NATO confirmed in an announcement that the Taliban commander had been killed in the operation.

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