Afghan, U.S. Troops Kill Six Insurgents, Capture 10 Others
American Forces Press Service
BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, Jul. 29, 2005 Six enemy combatants were killed, one was wounded and 10 suspected enemy combatants were captured today after they attacked Afghan and U.S. forces near the city of Shinkay in Afghanistan's Zabul province, military officials reported.
There were no Afghan or U.S. casualties.
The wounded enemy combatant was reported to be in stable condition at the Kandahar Airfield medical facility, about 15 miles from the city of Kandahar.
Afghan and U.S. forces in the region were conducting security and stability operations at the time of the attack. In the last five days, Afghan and U.S. forces have killed about 20 enemy forces and detained 33 others in operations in Oruzgan and Zabul provinces.
"We would rather be directing more of our energies toward reconstruction and rebuilding efforts in Afghanistan, but when enemy forces attempt to stand in the way of progress here, we will have no other choice," said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jerry O'Hara, a spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force 76. "Afghan forces, working closely with U.S. forces, are doing everything they can to rid this country of their presence. The areas the enemies once considered safe havens are becoming smaller and smaller."
(Courtesy of Combined Forces Command Afghanistan.)