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200 killed or held in Afghanistan

An estimated 200 insurgents were killed or captured in two Nato military operations that have just ended in eastern Afghanistan.

German Brigadier General Carsten Jacobson, a spokesman for the US-led coalition in Afghanistan, said 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.

Brig Gen Jacobson said 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 400kg (882lb) of explosives, weapons, munitions and computers.

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