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Operation Desert Lion

Operation Desert Lion began on 27 March 2003. Troops from the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, launched the operation in the Kohe Safi Mountains near Bagram Air Base. Troops from the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, kicked off Operation Desert Lion with an air assault from Chinook and Black Hawk helicopters. The soldiers found two caches of weapons that included 107mm rockets, mortar rounds, recoilless rocket rounds and cases of machine-gun ammunition just five kilometers from the air base. Disposal experts blew up the caches in place.

Combined Joint Task Force-180 spokeswoman Capt. Alayne Cramer said coalition troops had searched the area before. "Intelligence sources and tips from local Afghans suggested we revisit the area," Cramer said.

On 29 March 2003 forces engaged in Operation Desert Lion recieved air support from two Norwegian F-16 fighter bombers flying on a routine patrol over the area. Operation Desert Lion was concluded on 30 March 2003.




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