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Afghan National Army, Coalition Soldiers Battle Enemy in Kapisa

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2007 – Enemy forces attacked elements of 1st Kandak, 1st Brigade, 201st Afghan National Army Corps and coalition forces in the Al Asay Valley of Kapisa province, Afghanistan, close to midnight on May 18, Defense Department officials reported.

The ANA and coalition troops, who were on a patrol at the time, returned fire and began maneuvering out of the enemy ambush site, officials said. Enemy forces continued their assault and attempted to reinforce their ambush positions. They also emplaced improvised explosive devices along the route in a failed attempt to trap ANA and coalition forces. Coalition aircraft engaged enemy positions and fighters along the route.

Several dozen enemy fighters were estimated to have been killed during the engagement and there were no reports of any Afghan civilian injuries or property damage.

“Afghan National Army and coalition forces are committed to supporting the government of Afghanistan,” said Maj. Chris Belcher, a Combined Joint Task Force 82 spokesman. “With the support of the Afghan people and Afghan National Army, coalition forces will maintain peace and stability to the area.”

(Compiled from Combined Task Force 82 Press Information Center releases.)

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