Thousands of Afghan and U.S.-led coalition troops have launched a new offensive against Taleban insurgents in five central and eastern Afghan provinces.
Operation Mountain Fury involves seven thousand soldiers operating in Ghazni, Khost, Logar, Paktika and Paktia provinces. Soldiers also will assist with economic growth and development in the area.
A coalition statement says the operation is "just one part of a series of coordinated operations placing continuing pressure on Taleban extremists across multiple regions of the country."
In southern Uruzgan province, NATO-led forces say they killed 17 suspected insurgents who were planting bombs outside a military base late Friday. An alliance statement says five insurgent vehicles were destroyed in the clash.
In other violence, a coalition soldier training Afghan troops was killed and another wounded in attacks in Khost province bordering Pakistan. A military statement says a number of Afghan soldiers also were wounded. The nationality of the dead soldier was not released.
Earlier on Saturday, a bomb blast south of Kabul killed three Afghan aid workers and wounded another one.