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Combined Forces in Afghanistan Kill 14 in Six-Hour Battle

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2009 – Coalition and Afghan forces killed 14 insurgents in a six-hour battle in the Sangin district of Afghanistan’s Helmand province yesterday.

Forces were patrolling in an area known for heavy insurgent activity when they were attacked. The insurgents fired at the forces with rifles and rocket-propelled grenades.

Coalition forces called in close-air support on two enemy fighting positions, killing 14 fighters and injuring one, who later surrendered. Two others also were detained.

No coalition or Afghan forces were injured in the attack.

In other Afghan news, coalition and Afghan forces detained three suspects last night in an operation to capture the leader of bomb-making ring near Kabul.

Forces targeted a residence in the Paghman district of Kabul province, west of the Afghan capital. They searched the residence without incident and detained three men.

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

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