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By Channel 4 News

Updated on 27 July 2009

Two more British soldiers are killed in Afghanistan as the MoD claims Operation Panther's Claw has secured control of a Taliban stronghold.

British soldiers in Afghanistan

Even as the latest phase of the war in Afghanistan was declared a success, Operation Panther's Claw claimed the life of a tenth soldier - killed when his vehicle was struck by an explosion.

And further north in Helmand province another soldier died whilst on patrol.

The deaths cast a shadow over today's announcement from the MoD that, after five weeks of hard fighting, the Taliban had been driven out a key region close to the provincial capital.

The operation was part of a series designed to provide security and encourage voter turnout at the presidential elections, scheduled for next month.

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