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BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces, advised by Coalition forces, killed nearly four dozen insurgents in a 12-hour long battle today in northern Kandahar Province.

The Sha Wali Kot District is an area where multiple attacks on ANSF and Coalition forces have taken place in the past.  Since Aug. 27, nealy 200 extremist Taliban fighters have been killed during failed attempts to attack ANSF and Coalition forces.

A combined force of Afghan National Civil Order Police and Coalition forces was on a combat patrol near Alekowzi Village, Sha Wali Kot District, Kandahar Province, when they began taking small-arms and machine gun fire from approximately 10 insurgents.  Within 20 minutes of the battle starting, the combined force was further engaged by an estimated 20 RPG’s, fired from the nearby Hutak Village. 

The extremist fighters were visually observed firing on the patrol from compounds located within the villages.  Throughout the engagement, insurgents reinforced their positions with an estimated 150 additional fighters.

The ANCOP-led force repelled the attack using small-arms, crew served weapons and later called in Coalition close air support.  Coalition aircraft destroyed the positively identified enemy firing positions with precision guided munitions. 

More then 40 insurgents were killed in today’s engagement and no ANCOP, Coalition or non-combatants were reported injured or killed.

 “Today’s successful effort by the Afghan National Civil Order Police is another example of the growing capability of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s security forces,” said Army Maj. Chris Belcher, a Combined Joint Task Force-82 spokesperson.  “The ANCOP is following in the footsteps of the other Afghan elite security forces as they begin to chart their own course in defeating the insurgency.  The enemies of peace and stability will not be left unchecked in Kandahar Province or any other province within the territorial borders of this country.”

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