Magazine article Army

The Army in the War against Terror

Magazine article Army

The Army in the War against Terror

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The Army continues to work to make Afghanistan a safer country while making it more difficult for the remnants of the Taliban and al Qaeda to regroup and rearm. In the Philippines, the Army has departed but is preparing to return to continue to assist the Philippine military in its hunt for terrorists.

In Afghanistan, U.S. forces continue to clear caves and hunt for al Qaeda forces. On July 19, soldiers at a special operations camp in Nangarhar Province called in an A-10 Thunderbolt II when two Afghan groups, possibly rival factions, became involved in fighting. The plane dropped a 500-pound bomb in an unoccupied area between the two groups. There were no casualties, but the bomb had its intended effect: both sides withdrew from fighting.

On July 24, U.S. troops discovered a large cache of 400 rocket-propelled grenades, 20 cases of land mines and a large quantity of machine-gun ammunition north of Narizah. Earlier, near Khost, U.S. forces discovered a Sovietera BRDM armored personnel carrier in good condition in a cave.

In Kabul, 45 American soldiers, including Special Forces, have taken over temporary protection of President Hamid Karzai. One of his vice presidents, Haji Abdul Qadir, was assassinated, causing concern about Afghan Defense Ministry guards. Defense Ministry commandos will leave the presidential palace for training with American forces for several months.

On July 27 an American reconnaissance patrol fought against possible remnants of al Qaeda and the Taliban in a four-and-a-half hour battle seven miles east of Khost. The patrol came under fire from a walled compound. …

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