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Coalition Forces Kill Taliban Fighters in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 29, 2008 – Coalition forces killed two armed Taliban militants while targeting the network’s kidnapping and roadside-bombing operations in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province yesterday, military officials reported.

In the province’s Gailan district, coalition forces targeted a Taliban militant known to coordinate and carry out the kidnappings of Afghan officials and westerners to finance their criminal activities. The targeted Taliban militant also is believed to facilitate and direct roadside bombings along Highway One in Ghazni and Zabul provinces, deliberately killing and injuring innocent civilians and coalition forces, officials said.

After coalition forces called for everyone inside to leave the targeted building peacefully, the two militants engaged the force with small-arms fire. The coalition forces killed them using hand grenades.

A search following the operation revealed multiple AK-47 assault rifles.

(From a U.S. Forces Afghanistan news release.)

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