Afghanistan - Shahi Khot
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On March 1st, 2002, coalition forces began a blocking and encirclement operation against Taliban and Al Quaida forces attempting to regroup in the Zhawar mountain region. Operation Anaconda began under the cover of darkness with an insertion near the village of Shahi Khot, 25 kilometers south of Gardez. Units participating in the operations included elements of the 101st Airborne division, 10th Mountain Divison, Special Operations Forces and Coalition forces from seven nations including Afghanistan. Of the 2,000 soldiers participating in operations, about half were Afghan while the other half consisted of approximately 800-900 U.S. conventional and Special Operating Forces, as well as an additional 200 coalition Special Operating Forces.
Several US helicopters received ground fire in the operation and two MH-47E Special Operations Helicopters were forced to land. Eight American service members were killed in action and about 40 wounded.
The mission of the Task Force was to destroy all al Qaeda and Taliban fighters in and around Objective Area Remington. Enemy forces in this area were reportedly dug in 'caves' and in natural fighting positions, using small arms, machine-guns, rocket-propelled grenades, and mortars. There were reports of man-portable surface-to-air missile systems present. Ammunition, small arms, rocket propelled grenades, and mortars, as well as travel documents were found in some of the 'caves'.
Fire support for Operation Anaconda was provided by coalition aircraft including United States B-52s, F-16s, F-14s F-15Es, A/C-130 gunships and AH-64 Apache helicopters.
As of March 7, 2002, as many as 500 enemy guerrillas had reportedly been killed in the fighting.