Combined Troops Kill 50 Insurgents in Afghanistan
From an International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Release
PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan, July 22, 2011 Combined security forces, including Afghan special forces, yesterday killed more than 50 insurgents here during the clearance of a Haqqani network foreign fighter encampment, military officials reported.
The encampment site was a staging area for Haqqani and foreign fighters. These fighters were moved into the country by Haqqani insurgents who planned to use them for attacks throughout Afghanistan.
The Haqqani network has been responsible for several high-profile attacks against the Afghan government and citizens, including the recent Intercontinental Hotel attack in June.
During the operation, the security force was engaged by groups of insurgents. The insurgents, armed with rocket-propelled grenade launchers, heavy machine guns, and AK-47 rifles, attacked the combined force from several locations, including cave sites and fortified fighting positions. The security force responded to enemy fire throughout the night, resulting in the death of more than 30 Haqqani insurgents.
The combined security force continued to experience attacks. It then employed small-arms fire and airstrikes to counter the continued insurgent threat. More than 20 additional insurgents were killed as a result.
The security force also recovered numerous stockpiles of weapons including mortars, RPGs with warheads, machine guns with crates of ammunition, AK-47 rifles with magazines, grenades, chest racks, and other military gear.
The security force noted no women or children were present during the operation, and initial assessments indicate no civilians were harmed.