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Rumsfeld, Karzai to Meet; U.S. Raids Afghan Hospital, U.S. Ships Collide

By Linda D. Kozaryn
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2002 – Afghan Interim Authority Chairman Hamid Karzai is meeting with America's national security team today to discuss the status and disposition of the Al Qaeda and Taliban detainees.

Pentagon spokeswoman Torie Clarke said Karzai is to meet with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld at the Pentagon later this afternoon. She said there are 158 detainees under U.S. control at Camp X-Ray at the U.S. Naval Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Another 324 detainees are under the control of U.S. Central Command.

In other developments in the war, Clarke said some 113 sorties in Afghanistan yesterday. U.S. forces conducted a raid Jan. 27 at the Kandahar hospital in Afghanistan. Six Al Qaeda fighters were killed. Some friendly Afghans were injured. No U.S. injuries were reported.

"The firefight is over. Now they're working their way through the ward to determine what else might be left there in terms of grenades, booby traps, anything else that might do harm to people." she said. "

Two U.S. Navy 5th Fleet ships participating in Operation Enduring Freedom collided Jan. 27 about 40 nautical miles off the coast of Oman, Clarke said. The USS Greeneville, an attack submarine, collided with the USS Ogden, an amphibious transport ship, Jan. 27. She said both ships were on the surface transferring personnel from the Greeneville to the Ogden when the accident occurred, she said.

"Preliminary reports indicate that the hull of the Ogden and the Greeneville stern plate came into contact, which resulted in a rupture to one of the Ogden's fuel tanks," Clarke said. The 5-by-18-inch long rupture is below the waterline at the back on the right side, a Navy official explained,

Both ships continue to operate safely. "The Greeneville is fully operational and is headed toward Diego Garcia so there can be an underwater assessment," she said. The collision is under investigation.

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