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    Coalition forces destroy anti-aircraft weapons system in Helmand



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    U.S. Forces Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan — A coalition forces precision strike destroyed an anti-aircraft weapons system in the Nad Ali district, Helmand province, in the early morning hours April 21.

    Coalition forces learned through villagers that militants in the area had obtained a ZPU-1 anti-aircraft gun and were staging it on the back of a pick-up truck for use against friendly forces' helicopters.

    Coalition forces located the ZPU-1, which was loaded and ready for use. After ensuring there were no non-combatants in the area, the coalition forces destroyed the weapons system with a precision strike.

    In recent months, militants in the area have unsuccessfully attempted to use surface-to-air fire against coalition aircraft.

    No coalition force or non-combatant casualties were reported as a result of the precision strike.

    "The destruction of this anti-aircraft weapon without a doubt saved the lives of Afghan and coalition forces," said a coalition forces spokesman.



    Date Taken: 04.21.2009
    Date Posted: 04.21.2009 05:34
    Story ID: 32642
    Location: KABUL, AF 

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