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U.S. Troops Assist Injured German Peacekeepers; Soldier Killed In Iraq Assault

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 9, 2003 – U.S. military medical personnel treated the more than 20 German peacekeepers injured in the June 7 suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan, according to a Coalition Joint Task Force 180 press release.

Four other German soldiers, part of the International Security Assistance Force conducting security and peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan, were killed in that car-bomb attack. The injured were then taken to Bagram Air Base for further treatment.

German-Dutch forces are currently leading the ISAF contingent.

In other Afghanistan action, a Task Force Devil patrol took one person under control and discovered a small cache in the vicinity of Shkin on June 8, according to the release.

The cache included two AK-47s, 8 magazines of 100 rounds each of AK-47ammunition, 800 machine gun rounds, a shipping plug and cap to a mine and an 82mm mortar shipping case. The cache was found next to two mortar firing pits.

Two rockets were fired in the direction of the firebase at Asadabad June 7, the release stated. Soldiers at the firebase saw two individuals leaving the area. There were no casualties or damage to equipment.

In Iraq, an American soldier was shot and killed June 8 at a traffic checkpoint in Al Qaim, according to a U.S. Central Command press release. The checkpoint, according to news reports, is located near the Syrian border.

A vehicle containing several people pulled up to the checkpoint. After requesting help for a "sick" person in the vehicle, the release continued, two people got out of the vehicle and shot the U.S. soldier.

Other U.S. soldiers at the checkpoint returned fire, killing one assailant, according to the release. Another assailant was captured. At least one assailant escaped in the vehicle, the release said.

The name and unit of the soldier who was killed is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

An investigation of the incident is underway.

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