Air Strike Targets Taliban; Five Terrorists Detained in Afghanistan

Afghan and coalition forces captured five suspected terrorists early today near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, during a search for individuals believed to be responsible for transporting and hiding al Qaeda terrorists and other fighters moving into and around Nangarhar province, officials said.

No shots were fired, and there were no injures to Afghan or coalition forces.

Yesterday in the Gereshk district of Helmand province, a precision air strike targeted a Taliban weapons facilitator. Officials said the goal of the operation was to destroy a command element of the Taliban's terrorist organization responsible for facilitating the movement of anti-aircraft weapons in southern Afghanistan.

The air strike, using precision-guided munitions, targeted the suspected terrorist's vehicle when he stopped to meet with other suspected terrorists in an isolated area, officials said.

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