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Servicemember Located, Rescued in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 4, 2005 – Coalition forces located a U.S. servicemember whose whereabouts had been unknown since June 28, military officials in Afghanistan reported today.

He was taken to Bagram Air Base for medical treatment, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials said, reporting his condition as "stable."

He was part of a force conducting counterterrorism operations in Kunar province. An MH-47 helicopter carrying troops to support the force crashed June 28, killing all 16 servicemembers aboard.

Operations to recover remaining servicemembers whose whereabouts are unknown since that time are continuing, officials said. Coalition forces remain actively engaged in Operation Red Wing, a counterterrorism operation to defeat terrorists and deny them sanctuary in Kunar province.

(From a Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news release.)

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