Afghan Officials: Troops Kill 9 Insurgents

Afghanistan's government says its security forces have killed nine armed insurgents and captured 23 suspects in a series of raids across the country.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's government says its security forces have killed nine armed insurgents and captured 23 suspects in a series of raids across the country.

Italian soldiers part of the NATO- led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) walk to their military compound after attending at the second phase of transfer of authority ceremony from the NATO led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops to Afghan security forces in Guzara, Herat province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Jan. 16, 2012.

An Interior Ministry statement issued Wednesday morning said the operations over the preceding 24 hours in eight different provinces also discovered caches of weapons, ammunition and explosives.

Meanwhile, the country's Defense Ministry says a soldier was killed and four were wounded in clashes with insurgents on Tuesday.

Fighting in much of the country appears to have decreased in recent weeks, after heavy snows blanketed much of the mountainous terrain in which the Taliban usually operate.