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U.S. kills Taliban in strike at rebel commander

A U.S. soldier watches a Black Hawk helicopter land in Afghanistan, November 19, 2006. Several Taliban fighters were killed on Monday in an attack targeting a senior guerrilla leader, the U.S.-led coalition said in a statement. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

KABUL (Reuters) - Several Taliban fighters were killed on Monday in an attack targeting a senior guerrilla leader closely linked to the Islamist movement’s fugitive leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, the U.S.-led coalition said in a statement.

It did not name the leader, nor say he was caught in the operation by U.S.-led troops.

The militants were killed near the town of Greshk in Helmand province, a Taliban bastion and the main drug producing region of Afghanistan, the world’s largest producer of heroin.

NATO, the United States and the Taliban are gearing up for a major spring offensive when the snows melt in a few months after the bloodiest year since the strict Islamists were toppled in 2001. More than 4,000 people died in fighting last year.

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