NATO: 200 Afghan militants killed, captured

By the Associated Press | October 25, 2011 | 2:25 PM EDT

Afghan people stand by their homes in a neighborhood in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Ahmad Nazar)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — NATO says an estimated 200 insurgents were killed or captured in two military operations that just ended in eastern Afghanistan.

German Brig. Gen. Carsten Jacobson, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan, told reporters Monday that the operations, which lasted about a week, were led by Afghan security forces with the support of coalition troops. They were aimed at disrupting militant groups, including the al-Qaida and Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network.

Jacobson says that at least 20 insurgents with links to Haqqani were among those killed and captured in the operations conducted in provinces south of Kabul and in areas around the capital and in eastern Afghanistan.

The forces also seized more than 400 kilograms of explosives, weapons, munitions and computers.

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — NATO says international troops and Afghan forces have killed "multiple" insurgents during an operation in an eastern Afghan province where a feared Pakistan-based militant network is particularly active.

The U.S.-led coalition said Monday that Afghan and international forces called for an airstrike on militants in Paktiya province's Wuza Jadran district on Sunday. It said the target of the operation was a heavily-armed group of Haqqani network fighters who operate in the area.

NATO has stepped up its focus on eastern Afghanistan, in areas along the Pakistani border. The al-Qaida and Taliban-linked Haqqani use Pakistan as a safe haven and the U.S. and Afghanistan have urged Islamabad to act against the militants.