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U.S. Casualties Mounting in AfghanistanTim King Salem-News.com
Four of the deaths happened in Kot, and one in Kabul, Afghanistan.
(SALEM, Ore.) - The U.S. casualty tables are continuing to shift toward the conflict in Afghanistan, and this report is possibly the only one we have issued that listed no members of the U.S. military killed in Iraq.
Three soldiers from Illinois, a Marine Staff Sergeant and an Air Force Staff Sergeant were killed in recent days. All but one of the deaths was combat-related.
Army Casualties at Kot
The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
They died March 15th as a result of injuries sustained in Kot, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle.
They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 178th Infantry Regiment, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Woodstock, Illinois.
Killed in the attack were Sergeant Christopher P. Abeyta, 23, of Midlothian, Illinois, Specialist Robert M. Weinger, 24, of Round Lake Beach, Illinois and Specialist Norman L. Cain III, 22, of Oregon, Illinois.
Specialist Cain died at the scene of the incident in Kot; Abeyta and Weinger were transported to Jalabad, Afghanistan, where they later died.
Marine Casualty in Kabul
The government announced today the death of a Marine who was serving in Afghanistan.
Staff Sergeant Archie A. Taylor, 37, of Tomball, Texas, died March 14th as a result of a non-hostile incident in Kabul province, Afghanistan.
He was assigned to 2nd Intelligence Battalion, II MEF Headquarters Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
The incident involving Staff Sergeant Taylor's death is currently under investigation.
Air Force Casualty
U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Timothy L. Bowles, 24, of Tucson, Arizona, died March 15th near Kot, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.
Staff Sergeant Bowles was assigned to the 3rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska.
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