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American Forces Press Service

Coalition Forces Nab Enemy Troops After Afghan Firefight

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2003 - Coalition forces on patrol in Afghanistan captured three enemy troops and killed one after a brief Aug. 9 firefight, according to a Coalition Joint Task Force 180 news release.

The brief battle occurred near Gayan, the release noted, while coalition troops - participating in Operation Warrior Sweep -- were performing security patrols within the region.

During the operation a coalition patrol encountered four enemy soldiers, the release said. The enemy troops were ordered to give up their weapons and surrender -- three complied, one did not.

A short exchange of gunfire ensued, the release noted, and the recalcitrant enemy soldier was killed. The remaining three enemy soldiers were taken into custody.

In other Afghan news, the task force release noted that about five enemy soldiers had shot at U.S. special operations troops near a firebase at Orgun-E Aug. 9. Close-air support was called in to eliminate the enemy fire, the release stated, adding there were no U.S. casualties or damage to equipment.

And anti-coalition forces continue to harass U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan with rocket attacks, according to task force news releases. One enemy rocket landed near a coalition base at Asadabad Aug. 10, causing no casualties or equipment damage.

Enemy forces also fired six rockets that landed near a firebase near Shkin, Afghanistan, Aug. 9, the task force reported. However, there were no coalition injuries or damage.

U.S. and coalition troops continued humanitarian operations to assist the Afghan people, according to a CJTF 180 release. For example, food and school supplies were provided to kindergartens in Kabul last week. Troops from the 321st Civil Affairs Brigade, and two Ministry of Reconstruction employees delivered 150 boxes of corn, 200 boxes of bagels and assorted school supplies for 70 students to the Ghazyamon, Nazo, Zarghona kindergartens and to a kindergarten near the ministry.

Fifty boxes of corn, the release noted, were also provided to refugee camps.

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