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KABUL (AFP) - The US military said that Afghan and foreign troops killed 33 militants in some of the heaviest fighting this year in Afghanistan , which is gripped by mounting Taliban insurgent violence.
It said that 30 militants died Thursday in the flashpoint southern province of Helmand, in the same district where a key anti-Taliban lawmaker was killed in a Taliban bomb attack the same day.
The toll was the biggest from a single clash announced by the military in more than two months, with Afghanistan gearing up for another year of intense fighting with the Al-Qaeda-linked Taliban after the winter months