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Troops in Afghanistan Kill Armed Militants, Seize Suspect

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2008 – Coalition and Afghan forces killed an unknown number of armed militants and seized a suspect in Afghanistan yesterday, military officials said.

Enemy fighters attacked a coalition base in the Bermel Valley of Paktika province with small-arms, machine-gun and rocket fire. Combined forces retaliated with machine-gun and mortar fire, killing several militants, military officials said.

No Afghan, coalition forces or civilian casualties were reported.

Meanwhile, as troops searched for a Taliban leader in a compound in the Tag Ab district of Kapisa province, they came under fire from multiple enemy fighters.

Coalition forces responded with air strikes and small-arms fire, killing the insurgents, military officials said.

Troops discovered and destroyed assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and ammunition.

In Khowst province yesterday, coalition forces detained a militant responsible for assisting foreign fighters entering Afghanistan, military officials said.

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

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