KABUL (AP) - The U.S.-led coalition says 20 insurgents were
killed after an airstrike and clashes in southern Afghanistan.
The coalition statement says the insurgents died in Kajaki
district of Helmand province Wednesday after dozens of militants
attacked a combined Afghan-coalition patrol.
There were no casualties among coalition and Afghan troops.
Southern Afghanistan is the center of the Taliban-led
insurgency. A series of clashes in the same region on Tuesday
killed 31 militants.
The region is also the largest opium producing area in the
world. The U.N. says hundreds of millions of dollars from the
illicit trade are used to fund the insurgency.