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HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
7115 South Boundary Boulevard
MacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101
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March 13, 2004
Release Number: 04-03-35


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


COMBINED FORCES COMMAND AFGHANISTAN RELEASE

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Operation Mountain Blizzard has successfully ended here and Operation Mountain Storm has begun.

In the two months of Mountain Blizzard we conducted 1731 patrols, 143 raids and cordons and searches, killing 22 enemy combatants and discovering caches with 3648 rockets, 3202 mortar rounds, 2944 rocket propelled grenades, 3000 recoils rifle rounds, 2232 mines and tens of thousands of small arm ammunitions.

Mountain Storm is the next in the continuing series of operations in the south, southeast, and eastern portions of Afghanistan designed to destroy terrorist organizations and their infrastructure while continuing to focus on national stability and support.

Yesterday, weapons caches were found in the vicinity of Khowst, Ghazni, Qalat, Zormat, Shkin, and Bagram Air Field. Just yesterday afternoon, an Afghan citizen turned in to Coalition forces in the vicinity of Deh Rawod a recoilless rifle, an anti-aircraft gun, a mortar and machine guns, along with ammunition.

This morning at 10 a.m. in Ghazni City, the Civil Military Operations Center participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony recognizing the purchase of dump trucks that will be used to clean up trash and waste in the city.

Also, today in Jalalabad, the Provincial Reconstruction Team will attend the grand opening for a Rotary International School in Chaparhar District. The PRT has donated the desks for the school. Rotary International is planning on opening an additional school in the district within the year.

In preparation for the upcoming elections, four more voter registration sites will open next week in Kandahar, bringing the total to eight for the area.

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