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U.S. forces raid suspected terror camp

  |   Aug. 22, 2006 at 9:41 AM
KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Afghan and coalition forces raided a suspected terrorist compound in the southeast province of Khost netting three suspects, U.S. forces said Tuesday.

Arms and other weaponry were also reportedly confiscated. The raid was part of an operation to capture a known al-Qaida facilitator in the region, said the military statement.

"This joint team will continue to target the al-Qaida network and remove their means of support in order to extend the reach of the government and ultimately improve the lives of the Afghan people," spokesman U.S. Army Col. Thomas Collins said.

Taliban rockets reportedly hit a nomad camp in the southern province of Helmand. Members of the Kuchie nomadic tribe were being treated by coalition force doctors.

"Taliban extremists continue to show a blatant disregard for human life as demonstrated by the injuries suffered by innocent Kuchie civilians," said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Paul Fitzpatrick, Combined Joint Task Force-76 spokesman.

"It doesn't matter if the extremists were aiming at coalition forces or not, the end result is that two innocent people were wounded by their rockets."

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