Coalition retakes 2 Taliban strongholds (AFGHANISTAN)
GARMSER, Afghanistan, July 19 (UPI) -- Afghan and coalition forces have taken control of two villages from the Taliban in the Helmand province of southern Afghanistan, U.S. military officials said. The combined forces control the villages of Narwa and Garmser, the American Forces Press Service said.
Narwa, believed to have been a Taliban stronghold, showed no signs of Taliban forces when Afghan and coalition troops arrived Wednesday, although a police station and a school had been damaged, the press service reported.
Coalition forces also found two caches of mines and rocket-propelled grenades.
The U.S. military said coalition and Afghan forces "experienced only limited small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire" as they reclaimed Garmser.
The news comes as an Afghan air field where Canadian soldiers are based came under rocket attack Wednesday, as the Taliban threatened escalated attacks against foreign forces in the country.
Von: http://www.dailyindia.com, July 20, 2006