TEHRAN (FNA)- NATO and Afghan forces killed 18 Taliban militants during a joint operation Tuesday night, NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in southeast Afghanistan announced today.
According to a statement issued by NATO's press office, the operation was performed Tuesday night in the mountainous areas of Qalandar in the southeastern Khost province against Taliban hideout.
In addition to the death toll and casualties inflicted on the Taliban, a cache of weapons and munitions was also discovered during the operation
The statement declined to mention the number of NATO's possible casualties.
In the meantime, Taliban Spokesman 'Zabihollah Mojahed' confirmed the clashes and the death of a number of militants and claimed that 15 ISAF and Afghan forces were also killed during the crossfire.
NATO has not confirmed the claim yet.
Khost has turned into a scene of repeated deadly attacks, making it one of the most dangerous cities in Afghanistan, at least, for the last six months.
The eastern province is just across the border from Pakistan's wild Waziristan tribal region, where the US and Afghan officials accuse Taliban militants of plotting attacks on troops across the border.