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Two US troops, dozens of Afghan insurgents killed

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Two U.S. troops have died in fighting in Afghanistan today, as Defense Secretary Robert Gates visits the country.

NATO says the deaths occurred in eastern and southern Afghanistan, regions where the fight against Taliban insurgents has been most intense.

Dozens of insurgents were also killed today in a series of ground and air engangements, according to NATO and local officials.

NATO says up to a dozen insurgents were killed or wounded in an airstrike on a car. But President Hamid Karzai's office issued a statement condemning the attack, saying 10 campaign workers for a candidate in this month's parliamentary elections had been killed and two wounded.

Gates arrived in the Afghan capital today for meetings with Karzai and NATO commander Gen. David Petraeus. The defense secretary also plans to visit U.S. troops.

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