War on Terrorism

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Taliban Commander, 15 Other Militants Killed

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2006 – Coalition soldiers killed a known Taliban commander and 15 other militants in Afghanistan Aug. 25, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials said in a news release. Coalition forces engaged Taliban leaders with joint in the central Khod Valley of Uruzgan province, officials said.

The Taliban commander and his associates were involved in attacks against the Afghan people, as well as Afghan, International Security Assistance Force and coalition forces, officials said. Coalition forces used deliberate measures to limit the chances of property damage. No damage was reported to a mosque adjacent to the militant's safe house after a precision coalition air strike, officials said.

No civilians were injured during the operation. "Coalition forces are actively and aggressively extending the security and the reach of the Afghan government," Lt. Col. Paul Fitzpatrick, Combined Joint Task Force 76 spokesperson, said. "Through tireless efforts, we continue to pursue terrorists and their leaders in making Afghanistan safer."

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