A U.S.-led coalition air strike killed up to 80 Taliban rebels and 16 civilians in the Kandahar province of southern Afghanistan, U.S. military and Afghan officials said Monday.
By PBS NewsHour
Afghan officials reported Friday that three top militant fighters were captured during one of the deadliest weeks in Afghanistan that saw more than 100 people killed.
Afghan and U.S. troops stormed Kandahar's Mir Wais hospital early this morning killing six al-Qaida gunmen who had refused a final ultimatum to surrender.
Taliban fighters Friday fled from the city of Kandahar, the former ruling militia's final stronghold in Afghanistan.
The Taliban will surrender Kandahar and begin handing over weapons Friday, according to the former Taliban ambassador to Pakistan.
More than 1,300 U.S. Marines are now based at an airbase southwest of the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar. The forces are already patrolling the area, hoping to cutoff any attempt by Taliban fighters to escape from the besieged city.
Amid heavy U.S. airstrikes, anti-Taliban troops battled for control of the airport outside the southern city of Kandahar. Meanwhile in the north, factional fighting prompted the United Nations to pull out of the region.
Aided by heavy U.S. airstrikes, anti-Taliban tribesmen pressed toward the Taliban's last remaining stronghold of Kandahar on Friday, as American officials warned of potential violence against forces in the region.
About 500 U.S. Marines Monday landed in Afghanistan, seizing an airstrip near the Taliban southern stronghold of Kandahar.
On the thirteenth day of air strikes around Kabul and Kandahar, elite U.S. commando troops reportedly entered Afghanistan to assist opposition forces in the overthrow of the Taliban.
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