U.S. Soldier Killed, Three Others Wounded in Afghanistan
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2005 A U.S. soldier was killed and another was wounded during a firefight with enemy forces near Shinkay, Afghanistan, Oct. 9, military officials reported.
The wounded soldier was taken to a nearby forward operating base for treatment, and was reported to be in stable condition.
The unit was conducting offensive operations with Afghan National Army soldiers when they were attacked with small arms and fragmentation grenades, officials said.
"This is a sad and tragic moment for us all," said Army Brig. Gen. Jack Sterling, Combined Joint Task Force 76 deputy commanding general for support. "The soldiers serving here in Afghanistan are fighting on the very edge of freedom's blade, and the loss of anyone is a deep and painful event. Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones."
Afghan and U.S. forces are continuing to search the area for those responsible for the attack.
The name and unit of the dead soldier are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Elsewhere, two U.S. servicemembers were wounded today when enemy forces fired on their patrol north of Asadabad in the Kunar province.
One of the wounded servicemembers was treated and released at the scene of the attack. The other was taken to Bagram Air Base for medical treatment and was reported to be in stable condition.
The unit was conducting offensive operations aimed at driving enemy forces out of the area at the time of the attack, officials said. Coalition forces responded with direct fire and close-air-support aircraft as enemy forces fled the area.
In the air war over Afghanistan, coalition aircraft flew 20 close-air-support and armed-reconnaissance sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. These missions included support to coalition and Afghan troops, reconstruction activities, and the conduct of presence route patrols.
U.S. Air Force A-10s provided close air support to coalition ground forces in contact with anti-coalition militia near Qalat, expending 140 30 mm cannon rounds. Other A-10s provided close-air support near Qalat and Oruzgan.
In addition, four U.S. Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan. British Royal Air Force fighter aircraft also performed in a nontraditional ISR role.
(Compiled from Combined Forces Command Afghanistan and U.S. Central Command Air Forces Forward news releases.)