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Afghan Forces Thwart IED Attack, Detain Two Suspects

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2005 – Afghan National Police forces, acting on a tip that individuals were planning attacks against Afghan and U.S. forces in the Jalalabad, Afghanistan, area, found an improvised explosive device along a well-traveled road Nov. 7, military officials reported today.

After notification from Afghan officials, U.S. forces disarmed the device.

Afghan National Police forces also detained two men with a large amount of money, small arms and documents outlining enemy activity near Ghazni on Nov. 8. Both individuals remain in Afghan custody.

"These incidents are indicative of the success Afghan and U.S. forces have against the enemies of this nation every day," Army Brig. Gen. James Champion, deputy commanding general for operations of Combined Joint Task Force 76, said. "Every day across this nation, Afghan and coalition forces are working together to bring the enemies of Afghanistan to justice. Afghan army and police forces are a critical step in the government of Afghanistan's march toward a safe and secure future."

In the skies over Afghanistan Nov. 8, coalition aircraft flew 20 close-air-support and armed-reconnaissance sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. These missions included support to coalition and Afghan troops, reconstruction activities, and the conduct of presence route patrols.

In addition, five U.S. Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan. British Royal Air Force fighter aircraft performed in a nontraditional ISR role.

(Compiled from Combined Forces Command Afghanistan and U.S. Central Command Air Forces Forward news releases.)

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