Afghanistan: US troops in Kandahar celebrate Christmas

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Kandahar, Afghanistan - 24 December 2003
1. Various of Kandahar airbase building
2. Wide shot interior of church tent inside the airbase and U.S. soldiers listening to Christmas songs
3. Two shots of U.S. soldiers listening to Christmas songs
4. Closeup of soldier listening to Christmas song
6. Wide pan of soldiers inside church
7. Various of candelight services at the church
8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sergeant Montoya, 10th Mountain Division
"I just want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas from Kandahar, Afghanistan. I'm with the 10th Mountain Division here and I just love you and God bless you and have a Merry Christmas."
9. Soldiers wearing masks marching ahead of decorated Humvee
10. Soldier with Santa Claus hat
11. "Wanted" poster of Osama bin Laden being carried by U.S. soldier
12. Decorated humvee passing


U-S army soldiers based in Kandahar, Afghanistan celebrated Christmas despite being thousands of miles away from home.

Special religious ceremonies were held and soldiers decorated military vehicles as part of the festivities at the Kandahar airforce base.

The celebrations began after sunset on Christmas Eve and continued into the early morning hours.

But despite the seasonal celebrations, troops maintained their vigilance.

According to officials on Wednesday, U-S forces and Afghan government troops arrested more than a dozen suspected Taliban fighters and seized a large number of weapons in separate search operations in southern Afghanistan.

The 14 Taliban suspects were arrested in Dara Bagh area in Zabul province on Monday, according to Haji Granai, a senior Afghan army official in Kandahar.

Sixteen AK-47 rifles and five heavy machine guns were also seized during the operation in the rugged area, located about 210 kilometres (130 miles) northeast of Kandahar.

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