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Special Ops Forces Kill 5, Capture 32 Near Kandahar

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2002 – U.S. special operations forces killed five suspected Taliban or al Qaeda terrorists and captured 32 others during a raid on a compound 50 miles north of Kandahar.

There were no U.S. casualties.

Defense officials said the team raided the compound in Deh Rawood on May 12 at 11:30 p.m. Afghan time. The action was isolated and not part of a larger military operation. U.S. forces attacked the compound because they received intelligence that senior al Qaeda or Taliban terrorists were using the area as a sanctuary.

"We developed the intelligence and acted on it," said Pentagon spokesman Marine Lt. Col. Dave Lapan. No other coalition forces took part in the raid, he said.

Lapan said the team took fire as it approached the compound. They returned fire. He said the fight took just several minutes.

U.S. troops flew the 32 men captured to Bagram Air Base near Kabul. "Their future will be determined once we determine who they are," said Air Force Lt. Col. Martin Compton, a U.S. Central Command spokesman.

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