Coalition forces ambushed during reconnaissance patrol
Written by Headquarters United States Forces Afghanistan   
Tuesday, 16 December 2008

KABUL, Afghanistan –  Coalition forces conducting a night-time dismounted reconnaissance patrol in Deh Rawood district, Uruzgan Province, approximately 125 km north of Kandahar, were ambushed with small-arms, machine-gun and rocket-propelled grenade fire, Dec. 10.

Coalition forces returned fire with small-arms and were able to successfully disengage from enemy contact.

There have been unconfirmed reports that two men and one woman may have been killed as a result of the engagement.

Coalition forces reported the incident to local officials and will conduct a key leader engagement with local tribal elders to discuss the incident today.

“We regret any loss of innocent life and express our condolences to their families,” said Col. Jerry O’Hara, a U.S. Forces Afghanistan spokesperson. “Coalition forces work diligently to prevent any loss of life and take these matters seriously.”

The incident is under joint-investigation with local officials.