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Airstrike Along Tajik-Afghan Border Kills At Least Eight Militants

Afghan officials said unknown aircraft hit Taliban forces in a province along the border with Tajikistan, killing eight militants, a day after a shooting that left at least two Tajiks killed.The origin of the aircraft was unclear. Tajik officials denied its warplanes or helicopters were involved, as did Russia, which has a sizable military contingent in Tajikistan.Khalil Asir, spokesman for police in Afghanistan’s Takhar province, said the aircraft struck early on August 27 in the Darqad district near the border area. In addition to the dead, six other militants were wounded, he said.Cross-border clashes are rare along Afghanistan's 1,400-kilometer border with Tajikistan. However, security in some border provinces, including Takhar, has deteriorated over the past few months and regular clashes have broken out between Afghan security forces and militant groups, including the Taliban.

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