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Taliban Leader Killed in Fighting Near Wazikwa

American Forces Press Service

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Aug. 11, 2005 – Taliban leader Qari Amadullah was killed during heavy fighting near the city of Wazikwa in eastern Afghanistan Aug. 9, U.S. forces confirmed today.

Amadullah was believed to have commanded up to 50 Taliban fighters in the region and was thought to be in possession of a number of weapon systems to include rockets and rocket propelled grenades.

"Killing this individual will significantly disrupt Taliban operations in the region," said Army Brig. Gen James G. Champion, deputy commander of Combined Joint Task Force 76. "We hope that with his death, Amadullah's forces are able to find the courage to break with the Taliban organization and begin to reconcile with the government of Afghanistan in their efforts to rebuild this war torn nation."

Amadullah was killed during a firefight with Afghan National Army soldiers and U.S. paratroopers assigned to the 1st battalion, 508th (Airborne) Infantry Regiment. Five other militants were killed and three U.S. servicemembers were wounded. Afghan and U.S. forces were conducting operations in the area designed to kill or capture Taliban leaders.

(Based on Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news release.)

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