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Forces Kill Taliban Militants, Capture Weapons

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2008 – Coalition and Afghan forces killed 14 militants and captured weapons caches during operations in Afghanistan over the past several days, military officials reported.

Coalition forces killed five armed Taliban militants during an operation in Ghazni province’s Andar district yesterday. The operation targeted a Taliban militant involved in terrorist activities intended to destabilize the region. The armed militants failed to follow coalition forces’ commands to cease their hostile actions. Coalition forces engaged the militants, killing them.

The Taliban militant was among those killed. A search of the area found five AK-47 rifles, multiple hand grenades and military-style clothing.

During Oct. 11 operations, coalition forces killed four militants, including an al-Qaida commander and a Taliban commander, during an operation in Ghanzi province.

The enemy commanders were known weapons and foreign fighter facilitators and were involved in coordinating a series of anti-government attacks in the Andar district. Two other militants were detained. A search of the area produced an AK-47 rifle, 600 blasting caps; 6,000 rounds of ammunition; rocket-propelled grenades; rolls of detonation cord and a mine.

Also on Oct. 11, Afghan and coalition security forces killed five militants during a sweep-and-clear operation in the Khakriz district of Kandahar province. A weapons cache was discovered and confiscated. It included four rocket-propelled grenades, one AK-47 rifle and improvised explosive device-making materials.

In other news, Afghan and coalition forces confiscated a weapons cache during a patrol in Oruzgan province’s Deh Rawood district Oct. 10. The cache contained 25 rockets, 29 mortar rounds, 22 rocket-propelled grenade boosters and five grenades.

(Compiled from U.S. Forces Afghanistan news releases.)

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