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Missiles Fired at Kandahar Base; No Casualties

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2002 – The U.S. camp in Kandahar, Afghanistan came under fire Oct. 24, U.S. Central Command officials said. There were no casualties.

Officials reported that someone fired two rockets at the field at about 10 p.m. The projectiles flew over the landing strip and impacted on the other side of the base.

Military commander alerted the quick reaction force and soldiers searched the launch site, an area about four miles from the base, and the impact area. No suspects were found.

An Afghan man turned in another arms cache at Orgun-e in Paktika Province on the eastern edge of Afghanistan. Coalition soldiers found 82 mm mortar rounds, hundreds of small arms rounds and five anti-personnel mines.

There are about 9,000 U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan, Pentagon officials said. Military operations to locate Taliban and al Qaeda fighters continue. At the same time, American civil affairs personnel are working with local populations to build schools, improve medical care, encourage resettlement and provide local security.

Another battalion of the Afghan national army has entered its basic training in Kabul under tutelage of U.S. Special Forces soldiers. DoD officials said that ensuring a secure environment is key to establishing the Afghan interim government.

U.S. personnel in Central Asia rotate through the area on six-month deployments. A brigade-sized unit of the 82nd Airborne Division is in Afghanistan and due to return to Fort Bragg, N.C., in November and December. Its elements are the 1st and 3rd battalions of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment and the 1st Battalion, 504th PIR.

The returning force will be replaced by another brigade- sized unit from the 82nd. The force includes the 2nd Battalion, 505th PIR, and the 2nd and 3rd battalions, 504th PIR. The division deploys forces with aviation, air defense, artillery and engineer assets attached for support.

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