ASADABAD, Afghanistan — A six-hour firefight ended with at least seven dozen militants killed by U.S. Air Force jets on Sunday after a U.S.-Afghan reconnaissance patrol was attacked by Taliban fighters in the south of the country, a U.S. military spokesman said. ...
The gunfight-turned bombing on Sunday resulted after insurgents ambushed the coalition forces patrol with small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades.
U.S. forces then reacted tactically, returned fire and called in the Air Force to attack the Taliban, [Maj. Chris Belcher, a spokesman for U.S. forces based out of Bagram] said.
A statement released by the U.S. military also stated that “four separate precision munition(s) engagements” were carried out by those aircraft.
Belcher would only say the aircraft were fixed-wing and not helicopters.
Air Force F-15s and B-1 bombers, along with C-130 Specter gunships, are commonly used throughout the country to support troops on the ground.
28 October 2007
At least 84 militants dead after firefight in Afghanistan
On Sunday in Musa Qaleh, Helmand Province:
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