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Joint forces kill 4 Taliban in Afghanistan

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Afghan and international forces Thursday killed four insurgents while trying to detain a Taliban operative, military officials said.

The Taliban leader has plotted, coordinated and carried out roadside bomb attacks against the International Security Assistance Force and Afghan forces, and eased the way for financial support to a number of Taliban groups in the Kajaki district of Helmand province, the American Forces Press reported from ISAF Joint Command News sources.

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The Taliban leader is directly connected to senior Pakistan Taliban leaders who provide financial assistance and directions, the military press said.

Tips from local residents and intelligence sources led the joint security force to a series of compounds. While the security force was clearing it out, four armed insurgents were killed when they attempted to fight the security force, the military press reported.

The compounds were searched and several automatic weapons and more than 40 pounds of heroin were discovered, the military sources reported.

A number of suspected insurgents were held during the clearance operation, the military press said.

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