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Afghan, U.S. Forces Kill Six Enemy Combatants

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16, 2005 – Afghan and U.S. forces killed six enemy combatants after the militants fired at a forward operating base near the city of Deh Rahwod in southern Afghanistan on Aug. 14, U.S. officials reported today.

The militants launched a small-arms and rocket attack on the base, and Afghan National Army and U.S. forces returned fire with small arms and called for close air support. Coalition forces captured one light machine gun, four assault rifles and one radio.

"Afghan and U.S. forces are engaging and killing the enemies of Afghanistan at every turn," said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jerry O'Hara, a Combined Joint Task Force 76 spokesman. "It has been proven time after time that the enemies of Afghanistan cannot stand face to face with Afghan and U.S. forces and expect to be successful."

No Afghan or U.S. forces were injured in the incident, officials said.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, members of the Helmand province governor's security task force turned in a large cache of ammunition, consisting of 172 rockets, 123 mortar rounds, and six tank rounds, to the Lashkar Gah provincial reconstruction team Aug. 14.

Afghan security forces recovered the cache in a village northeast of Lashkar Gah. Officials reported that this is the first time the governor's security forces in Helmand province turned in a cache to coalition forces. It also is the largest the provincial reconstruction team has received in the past three months.

"Munitions such as these are dangerous and unstable and pose a great threat to the people living and working near them," said Capt. Fidel Arvelo, commander of the team's explosive ordnance control team. "We applaud the efforts of security forces that are doing the right thing by turning these dangerous items in to us for safe destruction."

Coalition forces reported a 25 percent increase in the number of caches recovered by Afghans and Afghan forces as compared to this time last year, officials said.

(Compiled from Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news releases.)

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