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Coalition Forces Kill, Detain Militants in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2008 – Coalition forces killed a militant and detained seven suspected militants during operations targeting the Haqqani terrorist network in Afghanistan’s Khowst province yesterday, military officials reported.

Coalition forces targeted a compound suspected to host Haqqani network militants in Khowst district. As coalition forces entered the compound, an armed militant attempted to engage the force. Realizing the threat, the force responded with small-arms fire, killing the militant.

A search of the compound revealed multiple AK-47 assault rifles and hand grenades, which were destroyed to prevent future use.

Elsewhere, Afghan national security forces and coalition forces captured six militants, one them a Taliban commander, in the Surobi district of Kabul province, Sept. 18.

The operation deliberately targeted the Taliban commander and his associates, officials said. Elements of the Afghan National Army's commando force and coalition forces conducted a raid on the known commander's safe house.

Forces received small-arms fire as they searched the compound. After positively identifying the militants responsible, the forces returned fire, killing two.

Two rocket-propelled grenade launchers, three AK-47s and a machine gun were recovered.

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

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