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U.S. Forces in Afghanistan Report Several Incidents

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2003 – U.S. troops have been involved in several unrelated incidents in Afghanistan in recent days including a rocket attack and weapons cache discoveries, a coalition spokesman reported this morning.

  • Troops reported a rocket being fired at the firebase in Shkin at about 5:45 p.m. local time Jan. 8. The rocket hit about 300 meters south of the base, a DoD official said. No injuries or damage were reported.

  • U.S. forces evacuated an injured 23-year-old Afghan man from Deh Rawod to Kandahar Air Field at about 10:30 p.m. local time Jan. 8. The man had reportedly severely injured his leg in a motorcycle accident. Officials report the man is currently in stable condition.

  • Special Forces soldiers recovered 150 Chinese-made land mines in the vicinity of Jalalabad Jan. 8 after a local resident led the soldiers to the site.

  • Special Forces soldiers destroyed another large cache of weapons and munitions Jan. 7 near Shurabak, Kandahar Province. Afghan forces had reported the cache to U.S. troops after raiding a suspected Taliban compound. The cache was discovered in nearby mountains, not in the village.

    U.S. policy in Afghanistan calls for salvageable weapons and ammunition to be inventoried and used by the Afghan national army. However, in this case, the cache was destroyed in place because it was in too remote and rugged a location to safely move, officials explained.

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