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  • Non-combatant, wounded by Taliban in Helmand, recovering in Tarin Kowt Hospital

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    Jar Mohammed, a farmer from the Helmand Province, in a Coalition medical facility in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, after going through multiple surgeries as a result of being wounded by Taliban small arms fire Sept. 5.

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Afghan National Auxiliary Police officers, advised by Coalition forces, rescued and treated a non-combatant who was wounded by insurgent small arms fire during a failed Taliban attack west of the Musa Qalah wadi, Helmand province, Sept. 5.

    Jar Mohammed, 50, was working at his Anjir Shali farm when he heard nearby gunfire.  According to his statement to ANAP, he went into his house to take his wife and three children away from the fighting.  As the family was leaving their farm, he was shot in the right leg by insurgent small-arms fire.  Mohammed was immediately treated by Coalition medical personnel and evacuated to the Coalition medical facilities in Tarin Kowt for further treatment.

    Currently, Mohammed is in stable condition. He went through several surgeries as Coalition doctors attempted to save his leg, but in the end they were forced to amputate the severely damaged limb.

     “The insurgents have further demonstrated their intentions to harm innocent Afghan non-combatants and try to destroy Afghanistan,” said Army Maj. Chris Belcher, a Combined Joint Task Force- 82 spokesperson.  “The ANSF and Coalition are doing everything possible to prevent harm to non-combatants in all our operations.  Unfortunately, the enemies of peace in this country do not follow this same practice.  Our thoughts are with Mr. Mohammad and his family as he recovers from this heinous act carried out by the extremists.”

    The combined force was conducting a combat patrol in the vicinity of Anjir Shali Village, 17 kilometers northwest of Sangin District Center when they came under attack from Taliban fighters. More than 20 insurgents were killed in the fighting that followed, and one non-combatant (Muhammad) was wounded.

    No ANSF, Coalition or other non-combatants were injured or killed in this engagement. 

     

    Last Updated on Friday, 07 September 2007 09:07
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  • More insurgents killed as government forces continue operations in Kandahar Province

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    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – An eight-hour-long battle this morning in the Kandahar Province ended with another defeat of the Taliban by Islamic Republic of Afghanistan forces.

    A combined force led by an element of the 205th Afghan National Army Corps, advised by Coalition forces, was on a combat patrol near a small village in the Meian Nashin district, when more than 30 enemy fighters attacked from multiple compounds and fighting positions using small-arms fire.

    The ANA-led force repelled the attempted ambush with accurate small-arms and crew served weapons fire.  As the insurgents continued to reinforce their positions with additional fighters, the ground commander requested Coalition close air support. Coalition aircraft destroyed multiple enemy positions with precision-guided munitions and also killed additional enemy insurgents in hilltop fighting positions with accurate machine gun fire. The ANA and Coalition force counterattack caused the enemy to break and flee from the field of battle.

    As the combined force followed the fleeing enemy, they again came under heavy fire from another group of extremist Taliban fighters reinforcing from the nearby Zabutu valley. The ANA and Coalition force repelled this attack with additional air strikes and tactical movement. Over the course of the day, over 20 insurgents were killed and at least four were wounded.

    Since Aug. 27, more than 200 extremist Taliban fighters have been killed during failed attempts to attack ANSF and Coalition forces in the northern part of Kandahar province.

     “Our operations in the Kandahar province are having the desired effect of disrupting insurgent activities,” said Army Maj. Chris Belcher, a Combined Joint Task Force-82 spokesperson.  “It should be apparent to the enemies of peace and stability that they are no longer free to roam the Kandahar province inflicting mayhem and terror.  The ANSF and coalition will continue to work on enduring conditions that facilitate freely elected government and development. ”

    No ANA or Coalition casualties occurred during the engagements. There were also no reports of Afghan non-combatants being wounded.

    Contact Information – CJTF-82 Public Affairs Office Tel – 0093-799-063-013

    DSN: 318-431-7852

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    Last Updated on Friday, 07 September 2007 09:07
 


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