Fighting Continues in Afghanistan

April 29, 2003

On April 25, two U.S. soldiers were killed and five were wounded in a battle in southeastern Afghanistan. F-16 fighter planes, A-10 thunderbolt warplanes, and AH-64 Apache attack helicopters took part in the attack which erupted after a U.S. platoon came under fire near a U.S. base close to the border with Pakistan.

U.S. Colonel Roger King, speaking from U.S.-occupied Bagram air base, stated that "Afghanistan continues to be a combat zone."

About 11,500 U.S.-led troops remain in Afghanistan. In recent weeks, the Pentagon has admitted that U.S. troops are coming under attack on a daily basis. The resistance forces are expanding their ranks and include a broad front of Afghan political and religious groups opposed to U.S. occupation.