Seven US Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan
Reuters - Thursday January 29, 2004
Seven US troops in Afghanistan were killed on operations today
U.S. Central Command said in a statement the soldiers were killed when working near an ammunition dump in the southern province of Ghazni on Thursday afternoon.
Another U.S. soldier was missing and an interpreter was also injured, the statement said.
"Everything else is under investigation, they`ll be wanting to establish exactly what happened," said Lieutenant Colonel Leslie Williams at Central Command in Florida.
The U.S. military has a 12,000-strong force in Afghanistan hunting Taliban and al Qaeda rebels after a U.S.-led campaign ousted the ruling Taliban in 2001.
Guerrillas are most active in the south and east of Afghanistan, but two suicide attacks in Kabul this week killed one British and one Canadian soldier, both members of a multinational peacekeeping force in the capital.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks.
In November, a U.S. military helicopter crashed northeast of Kabul, killing five military personnel. The Taliban said they shot it down but locals said the crash appeared to be an accident.
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