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19 militants killed in Afghanistan, U.S. says

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  • Militants attack Afghan security forces, coalition troops on patrol
  • Troops return fire, call in air support, kill 7 militants, U.S. military says
  • Twelve other militants killed after they try to reposition themselves, military says
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KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Nineteen militants were killed overnight during fighting in eastern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Saturday.

The incident occurred during operations in Kunar province.

Seven militants attacked Afghan security forces and coalition troops during a combat reconnaissance patrol.

The troops returned fire and called in air support, killing seven militants. Other militants attempted to reposition themselves, but the troops engaged them with air support and killed 12 others.

"This engagement was another blow to militant operations in eastern Afghanistan," said a coalition spokesperson. "Due to the expertise of these elite forces the insurgents are quickly losing their ability to operate in the region."

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