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Forces Kill Militants in Eastern Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2009 – A combined Afghan and international security force killed five enemy militants and detained another in Afghanistan’s Laghman province yesterday while pursuing a Taliban bomb maker linked to several attacks in the area.

The force targeted a compound near Tingawar village where intelligence sources reported militant activity. During the operation, several militants threatened the force with assault rifles and shotguns and were killed. The force then searched the compound without incident.

In a Dec. 12 operation, a combined force killed an enemy militant and detained another in Paktia province while pursuing a Taliban commander responsible for several attacks in the area.

The force searched a compound near Sar Mast Kheyl village in the Zormat district where reports indicated there was militant activity. One enemy militant was killed when he threatened the force with hostile intent. The joint force then searched the compound without incident and detained a suspected militant.

In Kandahar province Dec. 11, a combined force detained a suspected militant while pursuing a Taliban commander.

The force searched a vehicle and detained the suspect near Khak-e-Shirin village in Shah Wali Kot district after reports indicated militant activity.

(Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command news releases.)

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