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U.S. and Afghan troops move to remote area in Afghanistan

By the CNN Wire Staff
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(CNN) -- U.S. and Afghan troops have secured a district of Nuristan province in Afghanistan in an operation to quell an uprising of insurgents, NATO and Afghan officials said Tuesday.

The operation in eastern Afghanistan started Monday night and no shots were fired during the operation, the officals said.

"This successful operation by Afghan forces will return governance to Barg-e Matal [district]," said Zemarai Bashary, a spokesman for the Afghan interior ministry. "This operation shows the improved planning and operational capabilities of our joint forces in response to serious incidents even in the most remote locations of Afghanistan."

The remote mountainous province was also the scene of a deadly attack in October 2009 at the Combat Outpost Keating. More than 200 insurgents, some of them Taliban members, stormed the military outpost, U.S. officials said.

After 12 hours of intense fighting eight American soldiers and more than 100 militants were killed and buildings at the outpost were destroyed.