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Coalition Forces kill key militant commander in Herat

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United States Forces-Afghanistan

February 17, 2009

Release Number 20091702-02

Coalition Forces kill key militant commander in Herat

KABUL, Afghanistan - A Coalition Forces precision strike killed a militant commander affiliated with the Hezb-e-Islam Gulbuddin and other Taliban commanders near Gozara district, Herat province, Feb. 17.

Coalition forces learned through sources that a key militant commander and a group of militants were co-located in the vicinity of Gozara district, approximately 20 km east of Herat.

Once the exact location of the militants was confirmed, Coalition forces engaged the hideout with a precision strike, destroying two vehicles and killing the militants inside their compound.

The militant commander was responsible for an increase in violence in Herat over recent months, including attacks against a United Nations Assistance Mission compound in Afghanistan compound in May and June,

2008.  He is also responsible for attacks against the Herat City Airport in May 2008.

"Eliminating this leader and militants will help bring peace to Heart province and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan," said Lt. Col. Rick Helmer, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan spokesperson.

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