Sunday, March 22, 2009

OEF Summary, March 22, 2009: Troops in Afghanistan Kill 5 Militants, Detain 4 in Kondoz

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Danieto Bacchus radios back to base as he and his squad descends a mountain ridge during a dismounted patrol mission near Forward Operating Base Baylough, Zabul, Afghanistan, March 19, 2009. Bacchus is assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, U.S. Army Europe. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Mancini.)

Dispatches from the Front:

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 22, 2009 -- Afghan and coalition forces killed five militants and detained four suspected militants early March 22 in Kondoz (Kunduz) province during an operation targeting a terrorist network in northern Afghanistan.

In coordination with local Afghan police, Afghan and coalition forces conducted an assault of a compound in Konduz (Kunduz) province, near the Afghan-Tajik border. During the initial assault of the compound, forces encountered enemy combatants in the courtyard. One militant was killed and one surrendered and was detained. When the forces called out for non-combatants to exit buildings on the compound, they were engaged with small arms fire. Forces returned fire and cleared the buildings on the compound, resulting in four militants killed and three suspected militants detained.

Forces found multiple, AK-47 assault rifles and chest racks on the compound and removed them.

No women or children were present in the targeted attacks.

(From a U.S. Forces Afghanistan news release.)

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