U.S. Personnel Come Under Fire in Afghanistan
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2002 With all the attention riveted on Iraq, U.S. forces continue their jobs in Afghanistan.
"It is still a dangerous area," a DoD official said.
On Sept. 20, a firebase near Lwara came under rocket and small-arms fire. U.S. personnel responded with mortar fire and strikes by Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft. DoD officials said there were no U.S. casualties in the engagement.
American soldiers were to patrol a ridgeline near the firebase to assess the effectiveness of the strikes.
On Sept. 19, special operations forces conducted a cordon and search effort near Orgun-e. In one compound they found Taliban literature urging a jihad against coalition forces. Information at the compound led the personnel to a building where they found a large arms cache.
The cache included 107mm rockets, thousands of small-arms rounds, rocket-propelled grenades, mortar rounds and anti- aircraft weapons and ammo. Officials said it took three trucks to haul away the cache.