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Afghan insurgent leader caught; 3 NATO troops killed

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - NATO says a joint Afghan and coalition force has captured the deputy commander of an al-Qaida linked insurgent group in an overnight operation in eastern Afghanistan.

The coalition says the man ran weapons for the Haqqani network and reported directly to the group's senior leaders across the border in Pakistan. U.S. officials describe the Haqqani network as the most potent threat to U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

But NATO says a woman was killed in the raid. It says troops opened fire after seeing someone point a weapon out of a window. Inside, they found one woman dead and a second injured. An AK-47 lay nearby.

The coalition also reports that three more international soldiers, including one American, have been killed. At least 18 American troops have been killed so far this month.


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