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American Forces Press Service

Coalition Troops Kill Militants During Afghanistan Operations

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2008 – Coalition forces killed and captured a number of militants in Afghanistan over the past three days.

On June 21, Coalition forces conducted precision air strikes in Afghanistan’s Khost province, targeting a Taliban commander involved with improvised explosive devices, foreign-fighter operations and weapons smuggling.

The strikes were called when group of several militants were observed moving through a mountainous area in the Spera district. Intelligence reports indicated that a senior terrorist network commander was present within the group.

On June 20, several militants were killed and three others were detained during a coalition forces operation in Kapisa province.  During a search of several compounds in the Tagab district, armed militants attacked the coalition forces, who responded with small-arms fire, killing the militants. Several AK-47 rifles, vests and ammunition were discovered during the search.

In June 19 operations, Afghan security forces and coalition troops killed several militants in Helmand province’s Nahr Surkh district. The militants were killed after they’d been observed emplacing roadside bombs.

Several militants were killed by Afghan and coalition forces in Shah Wali Kot district in Kandahar province. The militants had attempted to ambush a joint Afghan-U.S. patrol. The patrol engaged the militants, killing several.

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

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