In a scene straight from a Tom Clancy movie, Afghan international forces chased down several Taliban fighters as they attempted to escape the Allied onslaught. Here is an official press release I recieved this morning. Operation Moshtarak is no tangled urban fight like Fallujah, it is an open-spaces hunt for the bad guys:
For Immediate Release
IJC Operational Update Feb. 16
KABUL, Afghanistan (Feb. 16) – An Afghan-international force
interdicted three vehicles in three separate engagements, resulting in
more than 10 militants killed while pursuing a Taliban commander in
Helmand province yesterday.
The joint force was sent to a rural area in the Washir district
after intelligence information revealed militants were in several
One of the vehicles drove away and attempted to elude the
assault force. As the combined force attempted to stop it, weapons were
pointed at the coalition force through the open car windows. The
coalition force engaged and killed the militants who were in the car.
After the fire fight the ammunition inside the vehicle continued to
detonate, causing the assault force to pull back to a safe distance.
Another associated vehicle, with one occupant, drove out of the
village, with the coalition force in pursuit. The car stopped and the
occupant drew an automatic rifle and attempted to fire on the force who
then killed the militant.
A third vehicle was located, and armed militants got out of both
sides of the vehicle and attempted to engage the pursuing force. The
joint force returned fire killing several militants.
As the assault force engaged the third car it received machine
gun and rocket propelled grenade fire from the nearby village. As the
fire fight continued militants from the village tried to approach the
burning vehicle several times, but were driven off as explosives and
ammunition inside the vehicle continued to detonate.
To reduce the possibility of civilian casualties in the village
the combined force then broke off the fight and returned to base.
SFC(OR-7) Kevin P Bell
IJC Public Affairs Office
Media Operations NCO