Saturday, October 27, 2007
Afghan National Security and Coalition forces engaged and killed several Taliban fighters near the Musa Qaleh Wadi region of Helmand Province today.
The combined force was conducting a reconnaissance mission when Taliban fighters engaged the patrol with rocket and small arms fire. ANSF and Coalition forces returned fire and out-maneuvered the enemy.
The Coalition forces used accurate small arms fire, machine gun fire and precision guided munitions to destroy Taliban fighters. All fires were controlled by a Coalition force Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) during this engagement.
There were no reports of civilian injuries or damage to property.
“This engagement was another example of ANSF and Coalition forces turning an ambush into an advantageous situation,” said Army Maj. Chris Belcher, a Combined Joint Task Force- 82 spokesman. “It is important to note that many targets were not engaged due to ANSF and Coalition force precautions against causing collateral damage.”