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Marines find arms caches in Taliban region

December 07, 2009|Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Reporting from Kabul — U.S. Marines and Afghan security forces assaulting a Taliban stronghold in the Now Zad valley of Helmand province have uncovered large caches of explosives, rifles, machine guns and material used to make roadside bombs, the Marines announced today.

Resistance has been sporadic in the once-thriving community that is now virtually abandoned except for the Taliban. There were no reports of Marine or Afghan casualties, the Marines said.

A dozen enemy fighters have been killed and several captured.

The operation, called Cobra's Anger, is part of the Marines' drive to eliminate the Taliban presence in the province that the insurgents once controlled. Along with the Marines and Afghan forces, Denmark's Jutland Dragoon Regiment participated.

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