KABUL: Afghan troops backed by Western air power killed at least 60 militants near the Pakistan border, citing Afghanistan's intelligence agency, Reuters news agency reported on Wednesday.
U.S. officials say Washington has intensified its drive against Taliban-linked Haqqani network in an attempt to deal a lasting blow to the militants in Afghanistan before foreign combat forces depart this year.
About 300 Haqqani insurgents and foreign fighters came under intensive fire on Monday when they tried to storm Afghan bases in Ziruk district of Paktika province, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a statement.
The NATO-led international force declined to comment.
Monday's battle occurred in the southeast province of Paktika which shares a long and porous border with lawless tribal areas in Pakistan.