OEF Update, June 25, 2009: Troops Conduct Anti-Taliban Ops Across Afghanistan
Dispatches from the Front:
KABUL, Afghanistan, June 25, 2009 -- Afghan and coalition forces conducted several operations last night in various provinces geared at disrupting Taliban operations.
Afghan and coalition forces raided a compound in Helmand Province thought to be the hideout of a Taliban commander with extensive links to Taliban operations within the province.
In the Nad Ali District of Helmand Province, the combined force patrolled near the village of Marjeh, approximately 30 km southwest of Lashkar Gah, to compounds where intelligence sources indicated there was Taliban activity. Upon arrival, the force was engaged by small-arms fire from hostile militants on several different occasions throughout the operation. The force used direct fire and close-air support to repel the attacks from militants, ultimately killing several militants and leading to the detaining of nearly a dozen other suspected militants and removed several small arms weapons, multiple chest racks and ammunition.
In separate operation in Wardak Province, Afghan and coalition forces raided a compound thought to be the safe house of a Taliban commander responsible for several attacks on Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces along Highway 1.
In the Sayed Abad District, Wardak Province, the combined force patrolled near the village of Shakhay, about 25 km northeast of Ghazni city, to a compound where intelligence sources indicated there was Taliban activity.
While clearing the compound, the force came upon and pursued a group of armed militants. As the militants attempted to fire on the force from an elevated position, the force engaged them and eliminated the threat. A subsequent search of the militants’ position revealed one militant wearing a suicide improvised explosive device vest, small-arms weapons, chest racks and grenades. The force completed the search without further incident, detaining a couple of additional suspected militants.
In a third engagement last night, Afghan and coalition forces raided a compound Ghazni Province, believed to be the safe house of a key Taliban operator involved with the movement and support of foreign fighters into the region.
In the Gelan District of Ghazni Province, forces patrolled near the village of Haji Sultan, approximately 130 km southwest of Ghazni city, to a compound where intelligence sources indicated Taliban activity.
While clearing the compound, the force encountered a threat, applied escalation of force tactics with no results and ultimately eliminated the threat. The force completed the search without incident.
There were no Afghan, coalition forces or non-combatant injuries in any of the operations.
(Report from a U.S. Forces Afghanistan news release.)
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