U.S.-Afghan operation continues; elsewhere, US service member

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

KABUL (AP) - About 1,000 U.S. Marines and 150 Afghan troops are
continuing a joint military operation in southern Afghanistan.

A Marine spokesman says troops engaged militants in an area known to be a Taliban stronghold. He says 22 such operations are happening across Afghanistan.

The goal is to disrupt Taliban supply and communications lines
in a strategic valley in Helmand province.

The operation began Friday.

Elsewhere, NATO is reporting the death of a U.S. service member
on foot patrol in eastern Afghanistan. A spokeswoman says the
American was killed yesterday by a bomb.

Meanwhile, U.S. military authorities say a NATO airstrike has killed six militants planting roadside bombs.

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