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U.S., Afghan Troops Use Mortar Fire to Thwart Insurgent Attack

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 10, 2008 – U.S. and Afghan troops used mortar fire yesterday to defeat insurgents who fired upon a forward operating base in Afghanistan’s Zabul province, military officials said.

A group of insurgents attacked the base with small-arms and mortar fire. Afghan and coalition forces responded to the attack with mortar fire. One insurgent was killed in the exchange, which occurred near the province’s Deh Chopan district.

No civilians, Afghan security forces or coalition forces were injured. The base incurred minor damage.

In other news from Afghanistan, several militants were killed and one was detained by coalition forces during a counterinsurgency operation in Helmand province June 8, military officials said.

Coalition forces searched compounds in Kajaki district for the second time in four days, targeting a Taliban leader linked to public executions of Afghan National Police officers.

Coalition forces identified a group of armed militants occupying defensive positions and responded with an air strike. A second militant group engaged the coalition force with small-arms fire. Coalition forces responded with small-arms fire. Several militants were killed during the two engagements.

Coalition forces discovered several AK-47 rifles and a cache of narcotics. The weapons and drugs were destroyed.

(Compiled from Combined Joint Task Force 101 news releases.)

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