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Coalition Forces Detain, Kill Militants in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2008 – Coalition and Afghan security forces detained four militants and killed more than a dozen others in separate operations yesterday and Aug. 25, military officials reported.

Four militants were detained, including a targeted individual, during a coalition forces operation to disrupt militant activities in Paktika province yesterday. Coalition forces searched a compound in Barmal district, targeting a militant facilitating the movement of foreign fighters and weapons from Pakistan into Afghanistan.

Afghan and coalition forces killed several militants during a combat patrol in Sangin district, Helmand province, Aug. 25. The combined force spotted a large number of heavily armed militants gathering in small groups and preparing to attack the soldiers. The troops engaged the militants with small arms, machine guns, and close-air support, killing more than a dozen of them.

In other developments, Afghan and coalition forces conducted a medical civil action program in Qalat district, Zabul province, Aug. 24-25.

During the two-day program, coalition forces medical personnel treated 728 children, 373 women and 89 men for various ailments ranging from stomach pains to broken bones. Medics also taught preventive care by distributing handouts advising Afghans to boil water before drinking to prevent illness.

Educational supplies, Korans and Afghan national flags also were distributed to the local populace.

(Compiled from Combined Joint Task Force 101 news releases.)

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