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Coalition Troops in Afghanistan Kill Two Insurgents

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2008 – Coalition forces killed two armed insurgents yesterday during an operation designed to degrade Taliban command and control networks in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province.

Coalition forces searched an area in the Kama district targeting a Taliban sub-commander responsible for facilitating anti-coalition activities. The targeted individual also is associated with roadside-bomb operations, officials said.

“Two insurgents armed with AK-47s, ammunition vests and hand grenades were discovered during the search for the targeted Taliban sub-commander,” Army Maj. Chris Belcher, a coalition forces spokesman, said. “The insurgents were killed when they posed a credible threat to coalition forces members attempting to detain them.”

Belcher added that troops took several precautionary measures to ensure the safety of the area’s residents.

“A weapon and several hand grenades were destroyed to protect civilians not engaged in hostilities in the area from possible harm, as well as prevent the items from being used by other insurgents,” he said.

(From a Combined Joint Task Force 82 news release.)

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