Support our mission

One U.S. servicemember and one Afghan National Army soldier were killed Monday in what was described as “heavy fighting” near the southern Afghanistan village of Deh Rawod.

Three other U.S. troops and an ANA soldier were wounded in the fighting, which the U.S. military said killed at least 11 insurgent fighters. One of the U.S. troops was evacuated to Germany for further treatment, while the other two were treated in Afghanistan, officials said.

The fighting began when U.S. and Afghan forces patrolled near the village.

“They reported encountering unprovoked small-arms, rocket-propelled grenade and mortar fire from an estimated 15 to 30 enemy combatants in the village,” said Lt. Col. Jerry O’Hara, a military spokesman in Afghanistan.

During the exchange of fire, U.S. troops called in attack helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. “The helicopters fired on enemy forces as Afghan and U.S. forces searched the village house by house,” O’Hara said.

Eight suspected insurgents were captured during the raids, officials said. The U.S. soldier is the second to die in as many days in Afghanistan.

“This tragic loss strengthens our resolve to further the advance of a democratic Afghanistan. We extend our prayers and condolences to the family of our servicemember, and we share their loss,” Brig. Gen. Jack Sterling, deputy commander of Combined Joint Task Force-76, said in a statement issued Monday by the command.

In a separate incident, six U.S. troops were wounded Sunday when their convoy was hit by a roadside bomb and small-arms ambush near Asadabad. That is the same general area where three Navy SEALs were killed last month and a Chinook helicopter was shot down in an ensuing rescue mission, killing 16 special operations forces.

After Sunday’s ambush, attack aircraft and artillery strikes were called in on suspected insurgent positions. As of Monday, U.S. ground forces had yet to reach the targets. The area around Asadabad is mountainous and notoriously hard to navigate.

All six wounded troops were listed in stable condition, officials said Monday.


Stripes in 7

around the web

Sign Up for Daily Headlines

Sign-up to receive a daily email of today’s top military news stories from Stars and Stripes and top news outlets from around the world.

Sign up