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2006-03-13 Afghanistan
Afghan bomb blast kills 4 US soldiers
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Posted by Fred 2006-03-13 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [321 views since 2007-05-07]  Top


Release Date: 3/13/2006

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Coalition forces are continuing assaults against extremists in the Pech Valley of Kunar Province following an improvised explosive device attack that killed four U.S. service members yesterday.

The Coalition’s response has resulted in the detention of 11 insurgents believed responsible for the attack. Operations to kill or capture other extremists, deny them sanctuary, and restore stability to the area are continuing.

“The sacrifice of our fallen comrades only strengthens our resolve to bring stability to the people in this important region of Afghanistan ,” said Col. John Nicholson, commander of the Coalition’s Combined Task Force Spartan, in eastern Afghanistan . “We will work even harder with our Afghan brothers in the security forces and the government to do so.”

Marines and soldiers of the task force swept the valley with support from field artillery, AH-64 (attack) helicopters and AC-130 gunships after encountering small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades from a number of enemy fighters.

The service members who were killed in the IED attack were conducting route -clearance operations to keep a road open for civilian and military traffic.

“The extremists that initiated this senseless attack create a significant danger and threat to the Afghan people,” Maj. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley, commanding general of the Coalition’s Combined Joint Task Force – 76, said March 12. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our soldiers today; their sacrifice will not be forgotten.

“These engineers build much needed roads that promote economic growth and quality of life for all Afghans. This attack is reprehensible,” he said.

Names of the deceased service members are being withheld pending notification of their next of kin.

Posted by Glenmore">Glenmore  2006-03-13 13:35||   2006-03-13 13:35|| Front Page Top

#2 Fred, clean-up, please.

Glenmore, when you post a link string like that, it totally destroys auto-fit for the rest of us. Please be more considerate in the future.
Posted by Old Patriot">Old Patriot  2006-03-13 14:17||]">[]  2006-03-13 14:17|| Front Page Top

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