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Afghans Lead U.S. Soldiers to Rockets Aimed at Firebase

By Kathleen T. Rhem
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2002 -- Afghan villagers led American soldiers to a weapons cache near a U.S. firebase Dec. 7, defense officials said.

A group of Afghan civilians led a team of Special Forces and 82nd Airborne Division troops to a site about five kilometers southwest of the U.S. firebase at Lwara, in eastern Afghanistan.

The U.S. troops found eight armed 107 mm rockets that had been aimed toward the U.S. base, officials said. Local Afghans reportedly pointed the rockets away from the base before the soldiers arrived. The Special Forces soldiers destroyed the rockets in place, officials said.

Coalition forces in Afghanistan have found nearly 500 weapons caches in the country, including more than 43,000 107 mm rockets.

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