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.