U.S.-led forces on a big sweep in southeast Afghanistan found caches of hundreds of rockets and other weapons but are yet to find Taliban or al Qaeda guerrillas, the U.S. military said on Friday. The armaments were found by special forces in the Zormat region of Paktia province bordering Pakistan during operation Warrior Sweep, which began on Tuesday. The operation has also involved U.S. airborne and Italian mountain troops, as well as 1,000 soldiers from the fledgling Afghan National Army on their first major combat operation. Colonel Rodney Davis, a spokesman for the U.S. military in Afghanistan, said this week the aim was to aggressively seek out and attack Taliban, Al Qaeda and other anti-coalition forces. Asked on Friday whether the coalition forces had found any guerrillas, he replied: “No, there has been no contact.” However, he added: “The operation is going well.” Full Story
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