Taliban under attack in area where U.S. soldiers killed
Mon Oct 5, 2009 9:48am EDT
Eight U.S. soldiers killed in east Afghan battle
By Amin Jalali
ASADABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Foreign and Afghan forces launched an assault on Monday against a group of Taliban in an area of eastern Afghanistan where the militants killed eight American soldiers at the weekend, an official said.
Saturday’s attacks in remote Nuristan province near the Pakistani border were the deadliest on U.S. forces in more than a year.
Nuristan’s governor, Jamaluddin Badr, said foreign and Afghan troops besieged a group of Taliban in an area of the province’s Kamdesh district on Monday, but did not give further details.
“The operation started this morning,” Badr told Reuters by phone. A press officer for U.S. and NATO-led troops said there was “activity ongoing” in the area but gave no further details.