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U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan Abandoned Equipment under Fire – General

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A U.S. Army sapper clears the road in advance of a dismounted patrol near Combat Outpost Terra Nova in the Arghandab Valley

American soldiers helping Afghan troops fight Islamic State militants in Afghanistan were forced to abandon sensitive equipment and weapons when their position came under fire, a U.S. military official said on Tuesday.

Islamic State fighters recently circulated photos of a rocket launcher, grenades, ammunition, identification cards, and an encrypted radio among other equipment that they said they had seized.

U.S. military spokesman General Charles Cleveland denied that any American positions or personnel were overrun.

“We have been able to determine that the I.D. card and most of the pictured equipment was lost during recent operations in southern Nangarhar,” he said in a statement, referring to an eastern province.

The soldiers at the time had established a location to handle casualties, which is a routine step in any operation, Cleveland said.

At one point, the location came under “effective enemy fire” and the soldiers were forced to move to a safer position, he said.

“In the course of moving the (casualty collection point) to a safe location, some equipment was left behind,” Cleveland said.

“For understandable reasons, the lives of soldiers were not put at risk to recover the equipment.”

U.S. troops and aircraft have been taking a more active role in a recent operation against Islamic State militants after U.S. President Barack Obama authorized more military support for the Afghan government.

In July, U.S. commanders said at least five Special Forces were wounded in fighting Islamic State in Nangarhar.

The website that published the photos speculated that the equipment and weapons were left behind during that engagement, but Cleveland said he would not comment on any specific injuries to “protect the privacy of those involved”.

Despite the sensitive nature of some of the equipment, Cleveland said he did not expect there would be “any measurable operational impact” from the loss.

“The loss of any equipment is regrettable, but no equipment is worth undue risk to those involved,” he said.

Written by: Reuters

 

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Unknown Gunmen Abduct Head of a Private TV in Nangarhar

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Engineer Zalmay, the head of a private TV network has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Jalalabad city of Nangarhar, an official said on Tuesday.

Provincial governor spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told Ariana News that Engineer Zalmay, the Head of Enakas Radio and Television Network abducted in PD4 of Jalalabad city while he was on his way from office to home.

According to the official, the armed men have killed his driver after stopping his vehicle.

Mr. Zalmay was in charge of the National Radio and Television of Nangarhar, the state-run network, before the establishment of his private channel.

Nangarhar is among the volatile provinces in east of Afghanistan where both Taliban and Daesh insurgent groups are actively operating in a number of its districts.

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Afghan Forces Retake Kohistan District of Faryab Province

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Afghan security forces have recaptured Kohistan district of Faryab province late on Friday, an official confirmed.

Mohammad Hanif Rezai, a spokesman for the 209th military corps said that at least 33 Taliban militants including two commanders of the group were killed and 13 others wounded during an operation which was conducted for recapturing of the district.

He added that the Afghan commando forces have destroyed several bases of the insurgents and seized a large number of weapons and ammunitions.

According to the official, forces from the NATO-led Resolute Support mission also assisted the Afghan forces during the operation.

Faryab is among the insecure provinces in northern Afghanistan where the Taliban militants are actively operating in a number of its districts and usually carrying out attacks against government forces.

Taliban has not made a comment about the report yet.

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Bomb Blast Targets Voter Registration Center in Jalalabad City

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(Last Updated On: April 29, 2018)

A bomb blast has reportedly targeted a voter registration center in the 4th Police District of Jalalabad, the capital city of the eastern Nangarhar province.

The voter registration center was established in a mosque in the area where many residential houses also located in.

“One policeman and seven civilians were wounded in the incident”, spokesperson of Nangarhar governor, Attaullah Khogyani told Ariana News.

According to the local official, the explosives had been placed in a Zarang type motorcycle and the vehicle exploded through a remote control instrument in the area.

He further noted that all the wounded people have already been transferred to the provincial hospital in Jalalabad City.

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