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U.S. Soldier, Afghan Interpreter Killed in Attack

American Forces Press Service

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, Sept. 2, 2005 – A U.S. soldier and an Afghan interpreter were killed in a small-arms fire attack Sept. 1 south of Deh Chopan, in Afghanistan's Zabul province.

The U.S. and Afghan forces were moving into position for a daylight offensive operation when the firefight began.

Two enemy combatants were killed in the engagement. Afghan security forces identified one of the dead as a Taliban subcommander Toor Manan, who was in command of three other subcommanders and responsible for the movement of equipment and personnel throughout the northwest Zabul province.

In another incident, northeast of Kandahar, one U.S. soldier and an Afghan interpreter were wounded when they received small-arms fire while on patrol.

The wounded were taken to Kandahar Airfield. They were reported to be in the intensive care ward and in stable condition.

"The enemy are desperate and realize the Afghanistan people will no longer stand for the violence of the past. Afghan forces are growing stronger, and the people are standing behind them in hopes of a better Afghan future," Army Brig. Gen. James G. Champion, deputy commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force 76, said. "We send our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of our soldier and Afghan comrade. We anticipated an increase of enemy action as we get closer to Election Day, and are always saddened when a U.S. soldier or Afghan gives his life in the ultimate sacrifice. Both were heroes in each of their countries' struggle against terrorism."

(From a Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news release.)

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