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3 US soldiers wounded in southern Afghanistan

PLA Daily 2004-01-20

KABUL, Jan. 19 (Xinhuanet) -- Three US soldiers were wounded in a southern Afghan province when suspected Taliban fighters attacked a US military base there, a military spokesman said here Monday.

"In a sign of our enemies' desperation, the anti-coalition militia attacked our firebase in Deh Rawood of Uruzgan Province on Sunday morning, injuring three US soldiers," said Bryan Hilferty, spokesman of the US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan.

According to him, one of the attackers was killed when coalition soldiers returned fire.

All the three wounded soldiers were in stable condition and had been evacuated to a military hospital at the Bagram Airbase, headquarters of the coalition forces some 60 kilometers north of Kabul.

Another US soldier died of his wounds earlier this month after being injured in a road accident in an eastern Kabul suburb, becoming the 100th American death since the United States launched its military campaign in Afghanistan in October, 2001.

There are over 11,500 US-led coalition forces currently in Afghanistan, hunting down remnants of the ousted Taliban militia and their al-Qaeda allies.

Guerrilla fighters of the hard-line movement have intensified their hit-and-run warfare against US forces and the US-backed government targets in recent months, especially in the southern and eastern mountainous areas.

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