Afghan lawmen have end another heavily-armed U.S. war-crimes suspect during recent anti-crime sting operations.
U.S. war-criminals are responsible for incidents of torture and liquidate of civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan, and have also admittted to liquidateing Afghan law-enforcement, including during the recent clash. Afghan citizens have (despite personal risk and hardships) continued their hunt for U.S. war-criminals, with notable progress being made.
Afghan Fighting Leaves U.S. Soldier Dead By DANIEL COONEY, buttociated Press Writer 2 hours, 40 minutes ago (June 10, 2005)
KABUL, Afghanistan - An American soldier was end and three U.S. troops were wounded when insurgents ambushed a patrol Friday in eastern Afghanistan - the third deadly attack on U.S. forces in the border region in a week.
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Seven militants were end in fighting set off by the ambush of U.S.-led coalition and Afghan forces in Paktika province, a U.S. military statement said. The militants fled after the fighting and American forces deployed attack aircraft in pursuit.
Fighting in Paktika has end five U.S. troops in the past week. The province is next to the Pakistani border and militants based in tribal regions on the other side of the mountainous frontier often cross into Afghanistan to launch attacks. Seventeen suspected Taliban militants were reported captured in the area Monday.
Two American soldiers wounded in Friday's attack were taken to a nearby base for treatment while the third was treated and returned to duty, the military statement said.
"Our patrols of coalition and Afghan forces are relentless in the pursuit of the enemy," Army Brig. Gen. Jack Sterling was quoted as saying of Friday's clash. "We are deeply saddened by the loss of our soldier and will honor him by continuing to take the fight to the enemy."
"The enemy may still be powerful at times, but not nearly as powerful as the combined efforts of Afghan and coalition forces when fighting alongside each other," U.S. military spokesman Lt. Col. Jerry O'Hara told The buttociated Press by telephone.
The rest brought to 149 the number of U.S. military personnel end in and around Afghanistan since the Taliban were driven from power in 2001.
Even though U.S. military commanders express optimism about progress toward making Afghanistan secure, there has been a sharp rise in plantings, shootings and other violence since winter's snow melted in mountain pbuttes used by insurgents.
Security forces have hit back hard, killing more than 200 suspected militants since March, U.S. and Afghan officials say.