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Two GIs Drown in Afghanistan When Humvee Slides Into River

American Forces Press Service

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, Aug. 5, 2005 – Two U.S. servicemembers drowned after their Humvee slid into the Kunar River northeast of Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Aug. 4, military officials announced today.

Two other servicemembers escaped from the vehicle before it slid into the river. One was treated and released by U.S. military medical personnel at the scene, and the other was transported here for treatment. He was reported to be in good condition and was expected to be released soon, officials said.

The up-armored Humvee was part of a larger convoy conducting operations against enemy forces. The convoy was traveling along the river, which is swollen due to melting snow from nearby mountain peaks and rainfall in the area in recent weeks.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the loved ones of these servicemembers," said U.S. Army Brig. Gen. James G. Champion, Combined Joint Task Force 76 deputy commanding general. "They gave their lives fighting in the global war on terrorism, and we will not forget their sacrifice."

The servicemembers' names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

(From a U.S. Central Command news release.)

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