NATO says 50 insurgents killed in east Afghanistan

By the Associated Press | July 22, 2011 | 4:58 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition says more than 50 insurgents have been killed in a military operation at a foreign fighter encampment in eastern Afghanistan.

In a statement Friday, NATO says the camp in the Sar Rawza district of Paktika province is a staging area for foreign militants and members of Haqqani, an insurgent network affiliated with the Taliban and al-Qaida. The coalition says the fighters were moved into Afghanistan by Haqqani insurgents who planned to use them for attacks throughout the country.

The coalition says that after getting tips about the camp, coalition forces, including Afghan special forces, battled heavily armed insurgents Thursday night and into Friday. The insurgents fought from several sites, including caves and fortified bunkers.