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Coalition forces in Afghanistan come under fire

Army News Service

Release Date: 8/11/2003

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Aug. 11, 2003) -- Soldiers with the Coalition Joint Task Force-180 in Afghanistan came under fire, captured enemy forces and lost a soldier in a drowning accident this past weekend.

In Paktika Province, three enemy soldiers were captured and another was killed during a brief battle with coalition soldiers in the vicinity of Gayan Aug. 9. While conducting an area clearance as part of Operation Warrior Sweep, coalition soldiers observed the four enemy soldiers and ordered them to lay down their arms and surrender.

Coalition soldiers fired three warning shots, and one of the men refused to comply. A brief firefight ensued and he was killed. The three remaining enemy soldiers were captured and detained by coalition personnel for questioning.

Special Operations Forces in the vicinity of the firebase at Orgun-E received small arms fire from about five enemy soldiers on the evening of Aug. 9. The enemy fire was suppressed by close air support.

A landmine detonated near Parwan Province in the vicinity of the firebase at Bagram also during the evening of Aug. 9. Bagram security personnel heard a loud explosion and observed a large plume of smoke about 100 meters from a guard tower near the base. There were no reported injuries to coalition soldiers nor damage to equipment or property.

A coalition service member died in an apparent drowning accident near Mazer-e-Sharif about noon, Aug. 10. The soldier while swimming in a river, went under the water and failed to surface. The death is under investigation. The name and nationality of the dead service member is being withheld, pending notification of next of kin.

CJTF-180 is a coalition military operation in Afghanistan with military forces from 20 coalition partner countries focused on creating the conditions for security, stability and reconstruction.

In another incident, a rocket impacted in the vicinity of the coalition firebase in Asadabad 7 p.m., Aug. 10. Coalition forces returned fire with mortars. There were no coalition personnel wounded and no damage to coalition equipment.

(Editor's note: This information was submitted from the CJTF-180 Public Affairs Office.)



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