U-S and local allied forces have launched attacks in eastern Afghanistan to dislodge Taleban and al-Qaida holdouts in the rugged (Shah-e-Kot) mountains some 150 kilometers south of the capital, Kabul.
Officials in Paktia province say both sides are using heavy weapons. Provincial officials say about 600 Afghan fighters supported by at least 50 Americans are involved in the attack. The Pakistan-based Afghan Islamic Press quotes a local official as saying two Afghan fighters have been killed and five others wounded by al-Qaida mortar fire.
U-S warplanes have been bombing the mountainous area since Friday in an attempt to dislodge the terrorists and their Taleban supporters.
Pakistani troops have sealed part of their border to prevent Taleban and al-Qaida fighters from fleeing Afghanistan.
Elsewhere, U-S officials at Kandahar air base in southern Afghanistan say two Afghan allied soldiers were killed and four others injured in a landmine explosion near the U-S -operated base.