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Forty-one Taliban militants, among them a senior commander, were killed in fighting with coalition forces near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, reports said, although NATO could not immediately confirm them. The Taliban, however, claimed responsibility for a car-bomb attack in which at least eight civilians died and 35 other people were hurt near the airport in Kabul, the capital. The attack had targeted a US military convoy, but no one in it was seriously injured.

A car bomb exploded in central Baghdad Thursday, killing at least 18 people and wounding 57 others, extending the latest wave of terrorist attacks after months of calm following the US troop surge. In another incident, Roman Catholic officials in Iraq reported the death of Chaldean Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho, who'd been kidnapped last month after completing a mass in Mosul. His remains were found in a shallow grave outside the city.

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