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115 insurgents die in Afghan battle

At least 115 insurgents have been killed in ongoing operations in a north-eastern Afghan province known for being a hotbed of foreign militant fighters, a spokesman said.

The US-led alliance said the fighting in rugged Kunar province, near the Pakistani, border has been going on since around October 15.

Nato says the coalition and its Afghan partners have killed at least 115 insurgents over the past week to 10 days. It says Nato and Afghan forces have been involved in a "series of multiple, smaller operations that have a combined, larger impact".

The operations come as the alliance has stepped up its efforts elsewhere in eastern Afghanistan with sights set on the Haqqani network, an al Qaida-linked group that operates out of Pakistan.

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