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2 U.S. troops killed in operation targeting Taliban, al Qaeda

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • 600 Afghan, ISAF troops conducting operation in Afghanistan's Kunar province
  • 'A number' of insurgents killed
  • No reports of injured civilians

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Three service members, including two U.S. service members, have died as troops conduct an operation targeting al Qaeda and Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan's Kunar province, the military said Sunday.

A combined force of more than 600 Afghan and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops were conducting the operation. "A number of insurgents have been killed," the U.S. military said in a statement.

ISAF and Afghan authorities confirmed three deaths, including the two U.S. troops.

"We will continue to take the fight to the enemy alongside our Afghan partners," said Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, commanding general of Regional Command-East, in the statement. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families who lost loved ones in the fight against our common enemies, the Taliban and al Qaeda."

Troops have taken precautions to prevent collateral damage, the statement said, and ISF has no reports of injured civilians. The fighting was ongoing Sunday, the military said.