UPDATE: 9:50 a.m. ET - Twelve Afghan civilians were killed Sunday when two rockets fired by coalition forces in southern Afghanistan missed their intended target, the International Security Assistance Force said. "We deeply regret this tragic loss of life," ISAF Commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal said in a statement. "The current operation in Central Helmand is aimed at restoring security and stability to this vital area of Afghanistan. It's regrettable that in the course of our joint efforts, innocent lives were lost." Read the full story
Coalition forces fired two rockets at insurgents firing upon Afghan and ISAF forces, but they struck about 300 meters off their intended target, ISAF said. The incident happened in Nad Ali district in Helmand province.
MARJAH, Afghanistan - The Taliban put up a stiff resistance Sunday as a coalition assault against the militant group entered its second day in southern Afghanistan.
Officials said they did not know how many Taliban fighters remained in the Marjah region of Helmand province, but think they may be in the hundreds - some of whom are holed up in civilian compounds. Dawoud Ahmadi, the provincial spokesman, said 27 Taliban fighters have been killed. Afghan and international force also discovered 2,500 kg (5,500 lbs) of explosives.
Dubbed Operation Moshtarak, the offensive was launched early Saturday by an international coalition of 15,000 troops including Afghans, Americans, Britons, Canadians, Danes and Estonians.