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Coalition forces ambushed during reconnaissance patrol

Release No: UNRELEASED Dec. 15, 2008 PRINT | E-MAIL

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December 13, 2008                                                                            

Release Number 20081312-03

Coalition forces ambushed during reconnaissance patrol

KABUL, Afghanistan –  Coalition forces conducting a night-time dismounted reconnaissance patrol in Deh Rawood district, Uruzgan Province, approximately 125 km north of Kandahar, were ambushed with small-arms, machine-gun and rocket-propelled grenade fire, Dec. 10.

Coalition forces returned fire with small-arms and were able to successfully disengage from enemy contact.

There have been unconfirmed reports that two men and one woman may have been killed as a result of the engagement.

Coalition forces reported the incident to local officials and will conduct a key leader engagement with local tribal elders to discuss the incident today.

“We regret any loss of innocent life and express our condolences to their families,” said Col. Jerry O’Hara, a U.S. Forces Afghanistan spokesperson. “Coalition forces work diligently to prevent any loss of life and take these matters seriously.”

The incident is under joint investigation with local officials.

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