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Insurgents Killed, Captured in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2005 – Afghan and U.S. forces killed three insurgents and captured 15 others in combat west of Tarin Kowt in Afghanistan's Oruzgan province today, U.S. military officials reported.

Two Afghan soldiers suffered minor injuries in the firefight and were transported to a nearby military base for treatment, officials said.

Afghan and U.S. forces returned fire when their joint patrol was hit by small-arms fire from an unknown number of enemy combatants. They are searching the area for more enemy forces. Coalition attack aircraft responded to the scene and provided close air support.

"This incident occurred in the same area where we are presently building a road for the Afghan people, a road that will become an artery for commerce," said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jerry O'Hara, spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force 76. "This enemy is only concerned about killing and has no concern for the well-being of the Afghan people. Those who chose to stand against the government of Afghanistan, in the wake of the government's offer of reconciliation, do so at considerable risk."

Afghan and U.S. forces were conducting operations to deny the enemy safe havens in the area of the attack. Officials are questioning the 15 individuals detained.

(Compiled from a Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news release.)

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