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Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Five Taliban Fighters

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2007 – Afghan National Army and coalition forces killed five Taliban fighters near the city of Qalat in Zabul Province today, military officials reported.

During the operation the combined force used coalition close air support to drop munitions on the observed Taliban position. Secondary explosions killed the five Taliban and a large weapons cache hidden in a cave near the enemy position.

“We will continue to pursue and interdict Taliban fighters who threaten the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan government,” said Army Maj. Chris Belcher, a combined Joint Task Force-82 spokesman. “Taliban fighters have two choices: stop fighting and reconcile with the government or face elimination by Afghan National Army and coalition forces.”

Meanwhile, Afghan and coalition forces captured one militant during an early morning raid today in the Nari district of Konar province, military officials reported.

The combined task force was targeting an anti-coalition militia commander who had previously attacked coalition forces using rocket propelled grenades and missiles.

No shots were fired and there were no injuries reported as a result of the operation.

(Compiled from Combined Task Force 82 news releases.)

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