NATO killed over 100 Taliban Muslim terrorists that attacked but failed to overrun an American position.
Another 40 Taliban terrorists in the area have been killed on Monday as Apache helicopters and troops on the ground are on the hunt for the Muslim murderers. Taliban Muslim terrorists are fleeing and hiding like women after their defeat on saturday.
Tue Oct 6, 10:57 am ET
KABUL (AFP) – Over 100 Taliban fighters were killed in a weekend clash that left eight US soldiers dead, NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said Tuesday.
"A more detailed battlefield assessment following the October 3 attack in Nuristan has determined that enemy forces suffered more than 100 dead during the well-coordinated defence -- significantly higher losses than originally thought," a statement said.
Hundreds of militant fighters on Saturday swept down a remote hillside at dawn near the mountainous border with Pakistan to attack two Afghan army and NATO outposts.
The resulting firefight lasted into the night and prompted US troops to call in air strikes.
The loss of eight US soldiers was NATO's biggest loss of life in a single incident since 10 French soldiers were killed in an ambush, also in eastern Afghanistan, in August 2008.
Two Afghan soldiers and a police officer also lost their lives in the weekend attacks, for which the Taliban claimed responsibility.
Some 13 police officers and two Afghan journalists working for a radio station set up with US help were captured, local officials said.
ISAF said Tuesday the attack was conducted by "local anti-Afghan forces", possibly helped by the Taliban Hizb-i-Islami militia of Pashtun warlord and anti-American former Afghan prime minister, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.
In the wake of the attack, NATO and Afghan troops conducted a joint operation to flush out insurgents thought responsible.
According to an independent website, icasualties.org, 400 foreign troops have died in Afghanistan this year, making 2009 the deadliest since the war began eight years ago.
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