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U.S. Troops Report Rocket Fire; Brits Find Enemy Weapons

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2002 – U.S. special operations troops in Afghanistan yesterday reported enemy rocket fire near their positions around the town of Khowst, U.S. officials said.

Army Col. Roger King, Combined Joint Task Force 180 spokesman, said there were no U.S. casualties.

The U.S. commander near Khowst dispatched a patrol, "which as of now has not reported any findings," King added.

However, King noted, local residents near the Afghan town of Orgun-E informed U.S. special operations forces in the area of the presence of rockets in their vicinity, possibly aimed at the Americans.

An American patrol sent to investigate that report discovered one rocket on a makeshift launcher, King noted, that had apparently been armed, but failed to launch. King said the U.S. team destroyed the rocket in place.

British forces on patrol in eastern Afghanistan the past weekend discovered two enemy weapons caches, the second being a very large one, noted U.S. Central Command spokesman, Marine Maj. Pete Mitchell. News reports cite one such seized cache believed to have belonged to departed al Qaeda and Taliban troops as containing many rocket and mortar rounds.

American and coalition forces continue to patrol within Afghanistan to ensure enemy forces don't gather to present a danger to U.S., coalition and friendly Afghan forces, Mitchell said.

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