30 Jun '13, 4pm

Hard fight remains for Afghanistan's Nangarhar province

Hard fight remains for Afghanistan's Nangarhar province

KHOGYANI, NANGARHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN — The platoon sets out on a moonless night to patrol a nearby village where Taliban gunmen are known to lurk. Though normally accompanied by their Afghan counterparts, U.S. forces operate alone on this night. An insider attack that killed two U.S. officers just a day earlier in a nearby province prompts forces at Forward Operation Base (FOB) Connolly to take extra precautions. Because of the threat of follow-up attacks, patrols with Afghan soldiers and police are temporarily suspended. Operating alone, troops approach a high-walled compound and halt. Through their interpreter, they alert anyone inside that U.S. forces are in their midst. Moments later, gunfire erupts from the compound. Hundreds of rounds are fired from both sides and several grenades tossed. No one is killed or wounded. In the aftermath of the fight, U.S. forces le...

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