One American Killed, Four Wounded in IED Strike in Afghanistan
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2005 One U.S. servicemember was killed and four were wounded when an improvised explosive device struck their up-armored Humvee near Khayr Kot district, in Paktika province, Afghanistan Aug. 26, military officials reported.
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Johnny Rivera works in a C-130H aircraft at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, on Aug. 23 supplying ground troops with equipment needed to support Operation Enduring Freedom. Rivera is a loadmaster attached to 317th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron deployed from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Photo by Airman 1st Class Desiree Hayden, USAF
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The four U.S. servicemembers wounded in the attack were evacuated to nearby bases for treatment, where one is in critical condition, one in stable condition, and two have been returned to duty.
They were part of a combat patrol to deny enemy actions and influence in the Paktika province and to provide a stable environment for elections scheduled for September.
"Our forces have gained a great deal against the enemy and our actions will ensure a safe and secure election next month," said Army Brig. Gen. James G. Champion, Combined Joint Task Force 76 deputy commanding general for operations. "We will honor our fallen comrade by taking the fight to these cowards who are responsible for this attack. They will not be able to rest until they are either captured or killed."
The name and unit of the deceased servicemember are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Elsewhere, Afghan National Police detained five enemies in the Omna district of Paktika province during a door-to-door search Aug. 22. Backed up by coalition forces and acting on intelligence they'd received about a cell that built improvised explosive devices, Afghan forces established a cordon and found the enemy.
The Afghan police reported detaining two IED cell leaders and three crewmembers. The men had AK-47 rifles, Taliban propaganda, and IED-making material, to include wires, batteries, blasting caps and explosives.
"The highlight of this operation was that the (Afghan National Police) truly took ownership in conducting a thorough search and apprehending these individuals," said U.S. Army Capt. Josh SeGraves, commander, Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment. "The ANP took responsibility of their country by actively searching for and delaying these men and, in turn, did their part in serving and protecting their fellow Afghan citizens."
The detained men are currently in custody of the Afghan National Police.
"Afghan forces have once again proved their commitment and allegiance to their fellow Afghans by weeding out these terrorists who are plaguing the well-being and future progress of Afghanistan," Champion said.
In the air war over Afghanistan, coalition aircraft flew 15 close-air-support and armed-reconnaissance sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. These missions included support to coalition and Afghan troops and the parliamentary and provincial election process, and presence route patrols, to include border security, and reconstruction activities.
U.S. Air Force A-10s provided close air support to coalition troops in the vicinity of Oruzgan. Five U.S. Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan. British Royal Air Force and French air force fighter aircraft also performed such missions.
U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster IIIs and C-130 Hercules aircraft provided intra-theater heavy airlift support, helping sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa. About 145 airlift sorties were flown, moving more than 2,900 passengers and more than 305 short tons of cargo. This included about 12,000 pounds of troop re-supply materials airdropped to coalition ground forces in southern Afghanistan.
(Compiled from Combined Forces Command Afghanistan and U.S. Central Command Air Forces Forward news releases.)