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U.S. Soldier in Afghanistan Killed in Blast Near Geresk

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2005 – A U.S. soldier was killed Oct. 7 by an explosion near Geresk in Afghanistan's Helmand province, military officials reported today.

The unit was conducting an offensive patrol in an area of recent enemy activity when an explosive device detonated, mortally wounding the soldier, officials said.

"It's a sad day any time a comrade dies in this ongoing struggle," said Army Brig. Gen. Jack Sterling, Combined Joint Task Force 76 deputy commanding general for support. "And the pain of the loss is tempered only by the knowledge that his efforts and sacrifice have brought closer the day when the growing democracy in Afghanistan removes the terrorists from this country forever. While we mourn this loss, we will continue to work to ensure that Afghanistan remains a stable democracy."

The soldier's name and unit are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

In the air war over Afghanistan, coalition aircraft flew 24 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 presence route patrols.

U.S. Air Force A-10s and a B-52 provided close-air support to coalition forces near Asmar, Gereshk and Shkin, which included A-10s expending four rockets near Asmar.

In addition, six U.S. Air Force, British Royal Air Force and French air force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan. British RAF 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.)

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