URGENT - 41 Taliban militants killed in battle, airstrikes in southern Afghanistan March 13, 2008 1:40 AM KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) - A provincial governor in Kandahar says Afghan and international forces have killed 41 Taliban militants in a battle in southern Afghanistan. Nimroz Gov. Ghulam Dastagir Azad said the insurgents were traveling Wednesday through neighboring Helmand province when the joint forces attacked them. Azad says the troops employed airstrikes during the four-hour battle in Helmand province, killing 41 militants. He says 17 of the dead were from Nimroz, including a commander named Mullah Tor Jan. Their bodies have been transferred to the province.