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    Tuesday, September 04, 2007

    three compounds in the Pitigal Valley

    Pitigal Valley

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    Pitigal Valley

    ANSF kills insurgents in operation to secure Pitigal Valley

    Elements from both the Afghan National Police and Afghan National Army, advised by Coalition forces, detained 11 insurgents and killed over 20 others during a targeted strike against three compounds in the Pitigal Valley region of Afghanistan last night [September 1 2007].

    The 2nd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 201st Corps and officers from several district ANP stations in the area, acting on credible intelligence, located and air assaulted into the mountainous region of the Kamdesh district, Nuristan province, approximately 6 km (3.7 miles) from the border with Pakistan.

    The same intelligence showed insurgent leaders have taken refuge in the villages of Pitigal, Shetigal, and Destigal as they travel between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The remoteness of the villages have allowed the extremists to stage attacks on ANSF and Coalition forces in lower valleys and retreat to their sanctuary.

    While clearing the objectives the combined Afghan forces discovered an IED factory, various weapons, communication gear and uniform items.

    The detainees were taken by ANSF for processing. They will be questioned regarding their involvement in insurgent activities before further disposition is determined.

    "Last night's operation to defeat this stronghold demonstrates the IRoA's ability to project force into remote areas and legitimize its control over northeastern Afghanistan," said Army Maj. Chris Belcher, a Combined Joint Task Force-82 spokesperson. "This ANSF-led operation will have devastating effects on the insurgents' ability to operate in the area while demonstrating the futility of resisting the legitimate government of Afghanistan."

    One Coalition service member was wounded during the attack. No other ANSF or non-combatant injuries or deaths were reported.

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