NATO Soldiers Killed, Injured in Eastern Afghanistan Fighting
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization personnel were on a foot patrol yesterday with members of the Afghan National Army in the mountainous Korangal Valley of Kunar province, on the border with Pakistan, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said in an e-mailed statement.
The team was ambushed at about 11 p.m. local time by militants firing small arms and rocket-propelled grenades, the alliance said. NATO and Afghan troops recovered the body of one insurgent and several AK-47 machineguns, while no civilian casualties were reported, the alliance said.
The soldiers were part of ``Operation De Rock Bark Kooch,'' which aims to secure Kunar before the onset of winter makes travel on Afghanistan's mountainous terrain difficult. The nationalities of the dead and injured NATO soldiers weren't given.
Yesterday Afghan and NATO troops started ``Operation Spin Ghar,'' a campaign to drive out Taliban militants from the Tarin Kowt district in southern Uruzgan province, their latest effort to reverse gains made by the Islamist movement this year.