Clearance operations continue and are still meeting with some resistance, more so in Marjah than in Nad-e Ali. IED's remain the main threat to the combined force, with some intense small-arms engagements still occurring.
Afghan and British forces are pressing on with clearing operations in Nad-e Ali and the South Bolan Desert while ANSF and U.S. forces clear Marjah. The combined force is meeting determined pockets of resistance in both the north and east of Marjah city.
The main effort has been on clearing IED's and minefields.
Rescue and recovery efforts are still ongoing following the Feb. 18 crash of a U.S. Navy MH-60S "Knighthawk" helicopter in a remote area of West Virginia, with the majority of the personnel safely extracted from the crash site.
There are injuries reported to the 17 crew and passengers aboard, but none of the injuries are life threatening.
There are no fatalities. The names of the injured are not being released at this time.
The helicopter is assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Support Squadron 26 from Naval Station Norfolk.
U.S. service members and supporting contractors from the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Joint Test and Evaluation (JT&E) Program selected the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P) as the location for a 30-day field test of newly developed civil information management procedures Jan. 15-Feb. 15.
The Joint Test (JT) began at Camp Navarro in Zamboanga, Philippines.
Witnesses reported heavy gunfire started about midday local time.
State radio played traditional music, and made no mention of the coup attempt. Soldiers and armored vehicles were seen near the palace and nearby streets were deserted.
Official sources in the capital Niamey tell VOA's Hausa Service that people have been taken to the hospital.
Government ministers were scheduled to gather at the palace for a meeting about that time.