A "significant number" of insurgents have been killed on the Afghan-Turkmen border in clashes with US-led coalition forces.
According to press statement issued by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), "a major battle" occurred recently near the Bala Murghab Valley, some 30-kilometers from the border with Turkmenistan's Mary province. "Afghan security forces and ISAF now have strategic control vital for the security and stability of the entire [Badghis] province," the statement added on June 11.
News reports put the number of dead Taliban at 25; the security forces say no Afghan government or coalition troops were killed. The Taliban presence in Badghis province is reportedly related to narcotics trafficking. The fighting was connected to an ISAF and Afghan National Army campaign to reassert Kabul's control over lawless districts ahead of the upcoming presidential elections in August.
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