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US casualties in Afghan fighting

Defence officials say a number of US special operations troops have been killed or wounded in fighting in southern Afghanistan.The fighting on Tuesday against the Taliban was near the city of Marja in Helmand province, where the Taliban has made recent gains.Details on the battle and the number wounded or killed is sketchy and the situation is fluid.One US official says a US helicopter was sent to the scene to evacuate casualties but did not immediately take off because a mortar landed nearby. It was not clear whether the mortar had damaged the helicopter.The official was not authorised to speak publicly about the fighting and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Source: US casualties in Afghan fighting

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