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August 9, 2005

Combined Forces Command - Afghanistan
Coalition Press Information Center (Public Affairs)

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – At least 16 enemy forces and one U.S. service member were killed Aug. 8 during a fire fight southwest of Deh Chopan.

The service member was killed when an Afghan and U.S. patrol conducting operations aimed at routing enemy forces from the Deh Chopan area came under an unprovoked attack by enemy forces with small-arms fire and rocket propelled grenades. U.S. and Coalition aircraft arrived at the scene and provided continuous close air support.

Battle damage assessment is currently ongoing. Initial estimates indicate at least 16 enemy forces were killed. Non-combatants were not involved in the attack.

“While we are bringing the fight to the enemy forces in the area and experiencing great successes against them it comes at a heavy cost,” Brig. Gen. James G. Champion, Combined Joint Task Force-76 Deputy Commanding General. “We are greatly saddened by the loss of one of our own but are able to take solace in the fact that we are ridding this area of an oppressive and violent enemy. Afghan and U.S. forces will continue this search and attack mission to ensure there are no enemy safe havens in this region.”

The name the U.S. service member is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.