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Coalition Troops in Afghanistan Kill Several Militants, Detain 9

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 28, 2007 – Coalition forces killed several enemy fighters and detained nine others in an operation to disrupt Taliban leadership and weapons-facilitation networks yesterday in Afghanistan’s Zabul province.

Coalition forces searched several compounds in the province’s Qalat district, targeting a Taliban militant associated with several attacks on coalition troops. Intelligence sources also indicate the militant was involved in helping Taliban forces get ammunition and supplies, officials said.

During the search, coalition forces were required to escalate force when militants demonstrated hostile intent, killing several militants, officials said.

An Afghan woman bystander suffered a minor injury. A medical specialist treated her injury, and the woman returned to her family.

Coalition forces detained nine individuals suspected of having links to Taliban networks. They’ll be questioned regarding their involvement in Taliban operations as well as other extremist activities, officials said.

“Taliban extremist networks lose ground with every operation we conduct,” said Army Maj. Chris Belcher, Combined Joint Task Force 82 spokesman. “We’ll continue to apply pressure to eliminate their indiscriminate attacks on the Afghan people and government.”

(From a Combined Joint Task Force 82 news release.)

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