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Forces Thwart Insurgent Attack in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2007 – American and Afghan forces killed 12 insurgents yesterday during a firefight near Fire Base Tillman in Paktika province, Afghanistan, officials said.

The insurgents attempted to attack the fire base located along the Afghanistan and Pakistan border, officials said, but they were detected and came under small-arms fire from pro-government Afghan and U.S. troops. Coalition forces also called in aviation and artillery support against the insurgents.

Two coalition soldiers and two pro-government Afghan troops received minor injuries. Coalition forces’ injuries were minor and did not require medical evacuation. One Afghan soldier was medically evacuated for treatment at a coalition medical treatment facility and is expected to fully recover from his wound.

“As the continued efforts of the military and civil leaders on both sides of the border takes a toll on (the) insurgents’ freedom of movement, they will continue to become more desperate as the people work with the military and other leaders to rid themselves of these criminals,” said Army Maj. Donald A. Korpi, a spokesman for the Task Force Fury.

(Compiled from a Combined Joint Task Force 82 news release.)

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