Fri, Feb 14, 2003
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Fighting continues in southern Afghanistan with
heavy aircraft called in to pound cave positions in northern
Helmand Province, military officials report. Late Feb. 12, a US
B-52 bomber dropped a 2,000-pound joint direct- attack munition
"smart" bomb and an AC-130 gunship fired about 10 105 mm cannon
rounds at the caves, a U.S. military spokesman said this morning
from Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.
Three men were "brought under control" after trying to evade US
military forces in the area, the spokesman said. Published media
reports have stated the night air attacks caused as many as 17
civilian casualties, but U.S. Central Command and Pentagon
officials say this is not the case.
"Battle damage assessment conducted in support of Operation
Eagle Fury has not indicated any noncombatant casualties to date,"
the spokesman in Bagram said. "Aircraft were directed at targets
that were firing at U.S. forces."
Sporadic fighting has been going on in the area since Feb. 10.
[ANN Thanks Kathleen T. Rhem, American Forces Press Service]
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