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Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill 3 Militants; Taliban Leader Dies

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2008 – Afghan and coalition forces killed three insurgents and uncovered a weapons and ammunition cache in Farah province’s Bala Boluk district Oct. 23, military officials said.

Afghan and coalition helicopters patrolling the area were attacked by small-arms and heavy-weapons fire from insurgents situated inside a cave. Afghan and coalition forces returned fire, killing three insurgents.

A search of the area following the attack uncovered a cache of weapons and ammunition.

In other news, Taliban commander Sharif Agha and 14 other militants were killed during an Oct. 21 coalition airstrike in Oruzgan province’s Deh Rawood district.

Agha was a known improvised explosive device and suicide bombing facilitator in Helmand and Oruzgan provinces.

Coalition forces positively identified Agha and 14 other militants near a riverbed in the vicinity of a known insurgent compound located in a remote area away from local villages. Reports confirmed that the militants were coordinating an attack against coalition forces.

Close-air support was employed, killing Agha and the other militants with a precision air strike.

(Compiled from U.S. Forces Afghanistan news releases.)

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