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U.S. Forces Demolish Weapons Cache in Afghanistan

By Sgt. 1st Class Kathleen T. Rhem, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2002 – U.S., coalition and friendly Afghan forces found and confiscated a cache of weapons in eastern Afghanistan over the weekend, DoD officials said.

DoD officials have said fewer than 100 U.S. troops are operating with British forces as part of Operation Snipe, an ongoing mission to root out suspected Taliban and al Qaeda holdouts believed to be hiding in areas along the Pakistani border.

Marine Lt. Col. Dave Lapan, a DoD spokesman, said the confiscated weapons included rockets, mortars and machine gun ammunition.

Early this morning, three rockets were fired near U.S. and coalition forces operating in the vicinity of Khost, also in eastern Afghanistan. The incident occurred at about 2 a.m. Afghan time, or 5:30 p.m. EDT May 5.

Lapan said U.S. officials don't know who fired the rockets or where they came from, but they are looking into the incident. No injuries or damage were reported, he said.

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