KANDAHAR (Agencies) - More than 100 militants were killed in Afghanistan's Helmand province, half in airstrikes that thwarted a major attack on a key town Saturday night, Afghan and British forces said Sunday. The attempt by hundreds of Taliban fighters to attack the provincial capital of Helmand, Lashkar Gah, was the most audacious attack in the province since 2006, reports The Sunday Times. The Taliban plan appeared to be for a "Tet Offensive" style infiltration of the city, the seat of the Afghan provincial government and home to the headquarters of the British commander in Helmand and the civilian reconstruction component of the British mission in Helmand. Had the infiltration succeeded then British and Afghan forces would have faced confused street fighting in which Western airstrikes would have been impossible without the risk of causing mass civilian deaths in the city. The leader of the group of Taliban militants, Mullah Qudratullah, was also among the dead, the provincial governor's spokesman Daud Ahmadi said on Sunday, but there were no casualties among Afghan and NATO forces. The attempt to infiltrate Lashkar Gah from three directions was "virtually unprecedented" in the area in the scale of the attacking force and their degree of coordination, British military spokesman Lt-Col Woody Page said. Meanwhile, the commander of international forces in Afghanistan, US General David McKiernan, claimed Sunday that the West had not lost the war against insurgents but more troops and equipment were needed to tackle the rebels. McKiernan commands about 70,000 mainly Western international soldiers deployed in Afghanistan to fight an insurgency led by remnants of the Taliban which was toppled from government seven years ago. "We are not losing in Afghanistan," the four-star US General, who commands both the 40-nation Nato-led International Security Assistance Force and the separate US-led coalition, told reporters in Kabul. "The insurgency will not win in this country. The vast majority of people who live here do not want the Taliban," he added. "I do believe that the people of Afghanistan will win in this country. It's not as fast and even as all of us would like it to be. But we will win, and win means the people of Afghanistan will win," he said. Reacting to recent Western media reports about failures of international military operations in Afghanistan, the General said, "I absolutely reject that idea, and I don't believe it." But the General said he needed more troops and military gear, including helicopters, to speed up the war against insurgents. "We have insufficient security forces to adequately provide for the security of the people of Afghanistan," he said. Besides soldiers, there were needs "such as helicopters, such as ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance), such as logistics and transportation, civil affairs or other capabilities," the General added. He called on alliance countries to provide him with the necessary troops and equipment. McKiernan said what was most needed was more Afghan soldiers and police, but until those forces were large enough and capable of ensuring security, the will of the international community to continue to send troops to fight remained paramount. "There must be a politically-led process by the government of Afghanistan," Gen McKiernan told reporters. He said the Isaf would certainly support any initiative that further security of the people of Afghanistan. Contrary to some European diplomats who stress for talks with Taliban outfit, the commander of Nato troops in Afghanistan emphasized that the militants who wish to reconcile should give up resistance and hand over their weapons. Nevertheless, he said that Isaf leaders would not be involved in such process. Earlier, British ambassador to Afghanistan Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles stressed for talks between Afghan government and Taliban militants to find a negotiated settlement for conflicts in Afghanistan.