June 24, 2006
Afghan National Army and Coalition forces continued Operation Mountain Thrust on June 23, applying heavy pressure on extremists in Uruzgan Province.
Afghan and Coalition forces engaged more than 40 extremists with small-arms and joint fires after receiving enemy fire from fighters hiding in an orchard, ridgeline and compound near the village of Mirabad, northeast of Tarin Kowt. The combined Afghan and Coalition force maneuvered swiftly to gain the advantage over the extremist positions and engaged the enemy for more than five hours.
There were no Afghan civilian injuries reported.
In a separate action, Afghan and Coalition forces engaged a large group of extremists in the Zharie District of Kandahar Province. The combined Afghan and Coalition force maneuvered against the enemy, killing 25 fighters in the village of Bayanzi during a three-hour battle. Several extremists broke contact by using innocent Afghan civilians as shields to escape into nearby villages.
“ANA and Coalition forces continue to demonstrate how well they work together to defeat our common enemies,” said Lt. Col Paul Fitzpatrick, Combined Joint Task Force - 76 spokesperson. “Afghan and Coalition forces will continue to place heavy pressure on Taliban insurgents hiding in southern Afghanistan in support of Operation Mountain Thrust.”
Above courtesy of:
COMBINED FORCES COMMAND - AFGHANISTAN
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Taken from Press Release #060624-03