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Servicemember Killed; Seven Enemy Fighters Captured in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, March 1, 2006 – A U.S. servicemember was killed and two were wounded in offensive operations in Afghanistan's Uruzgan province yesterday, military officials reported.

Seven suspected Taliban fighters were captured in the engagement, in which coalition forces attacked the enemy with small-arms fire.

An improvised explosive device damaged one coalition vehicle during the engagement, which took place near Tarin Kowt.

The wounded servicemembers were evacuated for medical treatment at a nearby facility. Officials reported they were in stable condition. Names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our fellow servicemembers," Army Maj. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley, commanding general of the coalition's Combined Joint Task Force 76, said. "He selflessly volunteered to serve his country and to build a better future for Afghanistan. His death is mourned by his comrades in arms, but he is not nor ever will be forgotten."

Coalition forces conduct offensive operations in partnership with Afghan security forces to deny insurgents sanctuary, to destroy Taliban and al Qaeda forces and to prevent their re-emergence, officials said.

(From a Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news release.)

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