|U.S. Personnel Come Under Fire in Afghanistan|
U.S. Personnel Come Under Fire in Afghanistan
By Jim Garamone, American Forces Press Service.
Washington D.C. -- (AFPS) September 20, 2002 -- With all the attention riveted on Iraq, U.S. forces continue their jobs in Afghanistan.
"It is still a dangerous area," a DoD official said.
On Sept. 20, a firebase near Lwara came under rocket and small-arms fire. U.S. personnel responded with mortar fire and strikes by Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft. DoD officials said there were no U.S. casualties in the engagement.
American soldiers were to patrol a ridgeline near the firebase to assess the effectiveness of the strikes.
On Sept. 19, special operations forces conducted a cordon and search effort near Orgun-e. In one compound they found Taliban literature urging a jihad against coalition forces. Information at the compound led the personnel to a building where they found a large arms cache.
The cache included 107mm rockets, thousands of small-arms rounds, rocket-propelled grenades, mortar rounds and anti- aircraft weapons and ammo. Officials said it took three trucks to haul away the cache.