KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – The U.S.-led coalition says more than 36 militants have been killed in a series of clashes in southern Afghanistan.
The coalition says in a statement the operation started on Wednesday and is still ongoing. It did not provide the exact location of the clash.
It says that its reconnaissance patrol was attacked by groups of militants over several days. The troops clashed with militants and called in airstrikes, killing more than three dozen militants.
There were no reports of casualties among coalition and Afghan forces.
Southern Afghanistan is the center of the Taliban-led insurgency. More than 3,200 people, mostly militants, have died in violence countrywide so far this year, according to an Associated Press tally of figures provided by Afghan and Western officials.