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Posted: 12/3/2007 2:43:17 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/5/2007 3:32:51 PM EDT by GBME]
Coalition Precision Strike Kills Several Militants in Helmand
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Posted on 12.03.2007 at 01:50PM

Combined Joint Task Force-82

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Several militants were killed during a coalition forces operation Sunday in Helmand province targeting Taliban command and control networks in the area.

Coalition forces conducted a precision-guided munitions strike targeting a senior Taliban commander believed to be involved in the March kidnapping of Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo, his interpreter and his driver. Reports indicate the individual is also responsible for a number of mortar attacks on coalition bases as well as several improvised explosive device attacks.

Coalition forces targeted a vehicle in the Musa Qaleh district containing five adult males during the course of operations, one of whom intelligence reports indicated to be a senior Taliban commander. A supporting aircraft released a precision-guided munition, destroying the vehicle and killing the occupants.

There were no immediate indications of injuries or deaths to civilians not taking part in hostilities.

"Coalition forces are systematically destroying the Taliban's command and control over their extremist networks," said Army Maj. Chris Belcher, Combined Joint Task Force-82 spokesman.

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Link Posted: 12/4/2007 2:50:54 PM EDT
"Anyone else here that noise??"


Whizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz BOOM!





Link Posted: 12/4/2007 2:57:26 PM EDT
I just watched something about Green Berets an Afganistan on National Geo those guys are doing a GREAT JOB!
Link Posted: 12/4/2007 2:58:16 PM EDT
........and the band played on.


(nice score!)
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 3:32:55 PM EDT
Taliban Commander Killed in Precision Strike Positively Identified
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Posted on 12.05.2007 at 07:01AM

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Coalition forces positively identified one of the militants killed in a Dec. 2 precision munitions strike in the Musa Qaleh District of Helmand province as former Taliban senior commander Mullah Ikhalas.

Mullah Ikhalas was a senior Taliban commander active in the Musa Qaleh District. He is reported to be responsible for the March 5 kidnapping of Italian journalist, Daniele Mastrogiacomo, his interpreter, and his driver. Mastrogiacomo’s interpreter and driver were executed by Taliban insurgents. Reports also indicated Ikhalas was responsible for a number of mortar attacks on coalition bases as well as several IED attacks.

During the course of the Dec. 2 operations, coalition forces targeted a vehicle in the Musa Qaleh District containing Mullah Ikhalas and three other unidentified militants. A supporting aircraft employed a precision-guided munition, destroying the vehicle and killing the occupants.

There were no immediate indications of injuries or deaths to civilians not taking part in hostilities.

“The death of Mullah Ikhalas is a significant blow to the Taliban command structure in Afghanistan,” said Army Maj. Chris Belcher, Combined Joint Task Force - 82 spokesperson.

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