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One American servicemember was killed and three others wounded in a battle Friday morning in Kunar province, Afghanistan, officials said.

According to a statement released by Combined Joint Task Force-82, the incident occurred during a fight with an insurgent cell in the Nari district. An Afghan soldier and an interpreter also were wounded in the attack.

“During the operation, Afghan National Security Forces, advised by Coalition Forces, came under fire from Taliban insurgents while conducting a cordon and search of a compound looking for insurgents,” the statement read. “The combined force returned fire using accurate small-arms fire and requested close air support. Precision-guided munitions from the aircraft were used to eliminate the enemy threat.”

All of the wounded were taken to a military medical hospital, “where they are being treated for non-life-threatening wounds,” officials said.

The name and unit of the servicemember killed are being withheld pending notification of the family.

Army Corps of Engineers marks four years in IraqThe Army Corps of Engineers marked its fourth year in Iraq on Friday with a ceremony celebrating the activation of the Gulf Region Division in 2004.

Since then, the corps has completed more than 4,400 reconstruction projects throughout Iraq, but it has also been dogged by instances of fraud, waste and failed projects.

“This isn’t so much the celebration of a birthday as it is the celebration of an anniversary and a relationship,” Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Dorko, the GRD commander, said in a news release issued by the command. “We wouldn’t exist if we didn’t have someone to serve; if we didn’t have deployed coalition forces to serve on the military construction side. We wouldn’t have a reason to exist if we did not have a role serving the Iraqi people and the leadership of Iraq to set conditions for them to go forward. … We are first and foremost a service organization.”

The Gulf Region Division has spent more than $8.4 billion in a building program the size of which they say has not been seen since the Marshall Plan after World War II.

Officials said work continues on more than 500 projects, costing more than $2.1 billion. The projects range from transportation and water facilities to work on electricity, health care and schools.


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