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Coalition Forces Seize Score of Insurgents, Find Weapons in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2007 – Afghan and coalition forces detained 20 insurgents and discovered a weapons cache in Afghanistan over the past two days, military officials said.

Afghan and coalition forces detained 11 suspected militants today in the Gelan district of Ghazni province, military officials said. At the target site, troops detained the suspected militants and discovered small arms, ammunition vests and a machine gun.

Yesterday, combined forces nabbed nine militants in the Andar district of Ghanzi province, military officials said.

“Our multinational partnership is making significant strides in disrupting violent extremist influence in the region,” said Army Maj. Chris Belcher, a Combined Joint Task Force 82 spokesman. “Afghan and coalition forces continue to strike major blows against terrorist networks so ordinary citizens may one day live in peace.”

The detained militants are being held for further questioning. Military officials said that some damage occurred to buildings in these operations.

(Compiled from Joint Task Force 82 news releases.)

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