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Nine suspected insurgents were reported killed in Afghanistan during a firefight northwest of Tarin Kowt, U.S. military officials said Wednesday. Six other men were arrested by a joint U.S.-Afghan patrol.

The patrol was “conducting offensive operations to locate enemy forces … when it reported coming under fire from a nearby ridge line,” according to a release from the Combined Joint Task Force 76 headquarters at Bagram.

Air support was called in, and the patrol assaulted the ridge line, officials said. No injuries to U.S. or Afghan troops were reported.

“Afghan and coalition forces are going to continue to bring the fight to the enemies of Afghanistan no matter where they are, no matter where they are trying to hide,” Brig. Gen. Jack Sterling Jr., CJTF-76 deputy commanding general, was quoted as saying in the release.

U.S. officials on Wednesday also released the units of the Chinook helicopters hit by enemy fire earlier this week. Both were from Company D, 113th Aviation Regiment, an Army National Guard unit. Five U.S. soldiers and one Afghan soldier were injured when two Chinooks were hit by enemy fire and forced into emergency landings.

Details of a separate incident, which occurred Dec. 4, also were released Wednesday. In that clash, 13 suspected Taliban fighters were killed and eight coalition troops — including three Afghans, three American and two soldiers of an unnamed “coalition force” — were wounded.

One soldier was seriously wounded and evacuated to U.S. medical facilities in Germany, where he is listed in stable condition, officials said. The other seven were treated and released to their units.

That firefight, in a small village north of Kandahar, happened when the coalition forces found and attacked an insurgent cell suspected of carrying out roadside bomb attacks in southern Afghanistan.


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