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Afghan, Coalition Forces Detain Eight Taliban Suspects in Raid

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2008 – Afghan and coalition security forces detained eight suspected Taliban militants during a joint operation conducted in Paktia province yesterday, U.S. military officials said.

Afghan and coalition forces searched several compounds in the province’s Zadran district while looking for a Taliban operative with links to local roadside bomb attacks and the movement of insurgent fighters. Some explosives components discovered during the search were removed for disposal.

In other news, one militant was killed and 13 others were detained during a coalition operation in Helmand province May 14.

During a search of several compounds in the Garmser district, coalition forces fired on and killed a militant that was deemed a threat. Thirteen people linked to terrorist operations were detained during the operation.

(Compiled from Combined Joint Task Force 101 news releases.)

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