U.S., Afghan and Pakistani forces have killed more than 60 suspected militants and Taleban insurgents in the past three days along the Afghan-Pakistani border.
Afghanistan's Defense Ministry says Afghan troops backed by a U.S.-led force killed 20 militants linked to the ousted Taleban regime late last week after an attack on two Afghan army bases in Khost province. Afghan officials say three men from Chechnya and two from Uzbekistan were among the dead.
In neighboring Pakistan, government soldiers killed 17 militants, mostly foreigners. A military spokesman says the fighting started early Sunday when two vehicles tried to speed away from a compound that troops had surrounded near Miranshah in North Waziristan.
On Friday, in the same region, Pakistani security forces found the bodies of 24 suspected insurgents who died after U.S.-led troops fired at them across the border from southeastern Afghanistan.