45 Taliban Die in Battle on Ramadan Eve
Month-long surge in fighting in Afghanistan expected to continue
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2007 12:43 PM CDT
Pakistani troops stand guard outside their base in Miran Shah, the capital of Pakistan's tribal area along the Afghanistan border on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007. Militants attacked the military base near...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Forty-five Taliban insurgents were killed in a clash with coalition and Afghan troops in Afghanistan today. The Taliban attacked a joint patrol; the Afghan forces responded, with help from coalition airstrikes. The skirmish comes at the beginning of Islam's holy month of Ramadan

Last year insurgents increased their attacks during Ramadan, and the coalition predicts a similar escalation this year.  Fighting has exploded across Afghanistan in the last several weeks, the AP reports, with more than 300 suspected Taliban fighters killed since late August, according to coalition reports.