NATO Says More Than 200 Taliban Fighters Terminated

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) - NATO says more than 200 Taliban fighters have been killed in a major operation in southern Afghanistan.

The alliance also says four soldiers from the NATO-led force were killed, and seven other were wounded.

The statement says more than 80 suspected Taliban fighters were captured, and that another 180 insurgents were seen fleeing the area.

NATO says there are no reports of civilian casualties. But an Afghan defense official had earlier said an undetermined number of civilians were killed.

The operation in a volatile province is in its second day. It's part of an effort to strike at an insurgent stronghold about ten miles from the city of Kandahar.

A NATO spokesman says NATO and Afghan forces have gained ground during the operation, and that they've succeeded in disrupting the militants' command-and-control capabilities.