One U.S. soldier is dead and two
others injured in fighting in southeastern Afghanistan. At least two militants
were also killed. The fighting took place Monday near the town of Shkin, in Paktika
Province, close to the Pakistani border.
The area hosts a small coalition forces base and is a site of frequent clashes
pitting U.S. and Afghan troops against militants loyal to the country's former
hardline Islamic Taleban regime.
In July, coalition forces launched an offensive, called Warrior Sweep, to
rid southeastern provinces of Taleban remnants and other insurgent elements.
But sporadic fighting continues.
Afghan officials say Taleban fighters have been taking refugee in neighboring
Pakistan, from where they stage cross border attacks.
U.S. and Afghan forces ousted the Taleban regime in 2001, after it gave refuge
to al-Qaida terrorists, including leader Osama bin Laden.
U.S. and NATO troops are helping provide security as Afghanistan rebuilds
after decades of war.