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Troops kill 11 militants in Afghanistan

US-led coalition forces killed 11 militants during an operation just outside the Afghan capital, the coalition said yesterday.
The operation took place Tuesday about 60 kilometres northeast of Kabul in Surobi district, it said.
The coalition said its forces targeted a commander wanted for trafficking weapons and fighters throughout the region. They killed two militants with gunfire and nine others with airstrikes during the operation, it said.
The coalition does not identify the units involved in its operations. French soldiers are known to operate in the Surobi region, as are US Special Forces on occasion.
Afghanistan's security situation has been deteriorating. The number of roadside bombs and kidnappings doubled in 2008 from the previous year, the U.S. ambassador said Tuesday.
The number of roadside bombs rose from roughly 1,000 in 2007 to 2,000 in 2008, while the number of kidnappings jumped from about 150 to 300, Ambassador William Wood said.

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