Monday, November 24, 2008

OEF Summary; Nov. 24, 2008: Troops in Afghanistan Kill 7 Militants, Hit Taliban Bomb Network

Dispatches from the Front

Dispatches from the Front:

KABUL, Afghanistan, Nov. 24, 2008 -- Coalition forces killed seven armed militants yesterday during an operation to disrupt Taliban roadside bomb and foreign-fighter networks in eastern Afghanistan, military officials reported.

Coalition forces targeted one of Ghazni province’s alleged senior Taliban commanders believed responsible for directing roadside bombs and other attacks in the region. The commander allegedly facilitated the movement of foreign fighters, weapons and bomb-making materials into the province.

After coalition forces reached the targeted building, they instructed the people inside to surrender. A woman and two children exited the building peacefully.

As coalition forces attempted to safeguard the local residents, militants barricaded inside the compound attacked forces with small-arms fire and hand grenades. Coalition forces returned fire killing the seven armed militants inside. The woman and children were moved to a safe location.

Inside the compound, forces seized machine guns, AK-47 rifles, grenades and roadside bomb-making materials.

(Compiled from a U.S. Forces Afghanistan news release.)

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