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Forces Engage Militants in Paktia, Kapisa Provinces

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2008 – Coalition forces killed several militants and detained others during an operation in Kapisa and Paktia provinces over the past two days.

In Paktia province’s Zadran District yesterday, coalition forces searched several compounds targeting a Haqqani Network Taliban militant known to conduct operations against the Afghan government and coalition forces.

Multiple armed militants engaged the force from a fortified fighting position. It had been prepared and camouflaged near the compounds. Coalition forces responded with small-arms fire, killing the militants.

In Kapisa province July 25, coalition forces killed a militant and neutralized several explosive devices during an operation to disrupt militant activities.

Coalition forces searched several compounds in Kapisa’s Tagab District targeting a militant suspected of conducting foreign fighter operations in the area.

During the search, an armed militant threatened Coalition forces, who responded with small-arms fire, killing the militant.

Coalition forces also discovered several rigged explosive devices and grenades which were safely detonated. The force also confiscated a pistol.

(Compiled from Combined Joint Task Force 101 releases.)

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