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100 militants reported killed in Afghanistan

About 100 militants have been killed in two separate battles in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, Afghan and NATO officials said.

About 100 militants have been killed in two separate battles in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, Afghan and NATO officials said.

In a three-day battle that ended Saturday in Nad Ali district, which has been under militant control until now, about 40 militants were killed.

Soldiers with the Afghan National Army, backed by NATO air strikes, killed about 60 Taliban fighters in the same region, in the capital of Helmand province, on Sunday, officials said.

There were no reported casualties among Afghan or NATO forces.

In the second battle, militants used rockets and other heavy weapons to attack Afghan forces on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, said Daud Ahmadi, a spokesman for Helmand's governor.

He said the Taliban fighters were pushed back after being bombed by aircraft. There were no civilian casualties in the city, Ahmadi said.

U.S. Gen. David McKiernan, the commander of NATO-led international troops in Afghanistan, told reporters there are not enough forces to adequately provide security for the Afghan people.

"We certainly need more military forces here. But I'll be the first to tell you that additional military forces by themselves will not guarantee victory for the Afghan people. It must come along all three of those lines of operations: better governance at all levels, socio-economic progress and security of the people," McKiernan said.

Canada has more than 2,000 troops deployed in neighbouring Kandahar province. There are no reports that any of them were involved in the fighting.

With files from the Associated Press