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Afghan Forces Inflict Heavy Taliban Losses

ANSF-led forces continue to inflict heavy insurgent losses in Oruzgan province

Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), advised by Coalition forces, killed a large group of insurgents after a botched ambush by the Taliban near Sarsina village, Oruzgan province today.

The combined force was conducting a reconnaissance patrol when a large group of insurgents engaged the patrol with small arms fire and rocket propelled grenades. The combined force immediately returned accurate small arms and machine gun fire, putting the enemy on the defensive. The company-size group of insurgents attempted to out-maneuver the combined force and moved into a nearby structure and trench line forcing innocent Afghan citizens to flee the area.

Moments later, the combined force fixed the insurgents in their position and several precision air strikes effectively eliminated the Taliban insurgents who were trying to reinforce the enemy positions.

"This engagement was yet another blow to the Taliban extremist fighters who are quickly losing their will to operate in Oruzgan province," said Army Maj. Chris Belcher, combined Joint Task Force-82 spokeman.


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