23 Suspected Afghan Insurgents Killed

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NATO says its aircraft killed 23 suspected insurgents in southern Afghanistan over the last several days.

A NATO helicopter attacked 20 insurgents who shot at a NATO patrol in Helmand province on Friday, killing 15 of the suspected insurgents.

A NATO statement says an attack helicopter fired on another group of insurgents who shot at a support helicopter on Thursday, killing eight of the militants in another district of Helmand province. There were no NATO casualties.

Southern Afghanistan over the last several months has seen some of the fiercest fighting since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001 toppled the Taliban regime.

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