U.S. Forces Take Fire in 3 Afghanistan Incidents
By Kathleen T. Rhem
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2002 U.S. forces in Afghanistan took enemy fire Nov. 19 in three different incidents. No Americans were injured.
The first incident occurred at approximately 6:30 a.m. local time. Unknown assailants fired automatic weapons toward and above the firebase at Tarin Kowt, about 200 miles southwest of Kabul. Defense officials said a quick reaction force was sent to investigate, but no other details were available.
A Special Forces unit based in Jalalabad, about 60 miles east of Kabul, was searching a compound for a suspected weapons cache at about 7 a.m. local time when five persons opened fire with AK-47 rifles. The attackers fled when the soldiers returned fire, officials said.
The soldiers continued their search and took sniper fire when they entered a building. They again returned fire and may have wounded the sniper, though no one was found, officials reported. The search confirmed the compound had been used as a drug lab.
Early in the afternoon of Nov. 19, a Special Forces unit in Asadabad, east of Kabul on the border with Pakistan, reported enemy contact. Defense officials said A-10 Thunderbolts from Bagram responded and dropped two 500- pound bombs and fired more than 300 30mm cannon rounds on the target area. There was no information available on enemy casualties.
A Defense Department spokesman said there was no indication any of the incidents were related.