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American Forces Press Service

Car Bomb Detonates Near U.S. Military Convoy in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2005 A car bomb detonated near a U.S. military convoy on the outskirts of Kandahar, Afghanistan, early today, killing one Afghan civilian and destroying a civilian flat-bed truck.

The car bomb, which killed its driver, detonated as the convoy was returning from a nearby forward operating base. No injuries or deaths were reported among U.S. forces in the incident.

In air operations over Afghanistan, coalition aircraft flew 25 close-air-support and armed-reconnaissance sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. These missions included support to coalition and Afghan troops, reconstruction activities, and the conduct of presence route patrols.

A U.S. Air Force Predator unmanned aerial vehicle and a B-52 Stratofortress bomber provided close-air support to coalition forces in contact with insurgents near Asadabad. The B-52 expended precision-guided bombs against a cave used by insurgents.

U.S. Air Force A-10s and a Predator provided close-air support to coalition forces in contact with insurgents near Asadabad, Ghazni, and Kabul. In addition, five U.S. Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan. Also, Royal Air Force fighter aircraft performed in a nontraditional ISR role.

(Compiled from Combined Forces Command Afghanistan and U.S. Central Command Air Forces Forward news releases.)

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