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Posted: 3/29/2002 5:10:26 PM EDT
[b][red]Harriman may have been killed by U.S. fire[/red][/b] The first U.S. soldier killed during the Operation Anaconda assault on al-Qaida this month in Afghanistan may have been hit by friendly fire, officials disclosed today. It had been thought that the soldier, Army Chief Warrant Officer Stanley L. Harriman, 34, of Wade, N.C., was killed in an enemy attack March 2. [b][red]Combat Casualty in Operation Anaconda Might Be Friendly Fire [/red][/b] By The Associated Press The first American soldier to die during Operation Anaconda may have been the victim of a friendly-fire incident. It's one of ten incidents that General Tommy Franks regards as suspicious enough to warrant a full-scale inquiry. The commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan stresses these incidents still are under investigation. He's releasing an interim report. They include the March second death of Army Chief Warrant Officer Stanley Harriman of Wade, North Carolina. Franks says Harriman was killed in roughly the same place and at the same time that an American AC-130 gunship reported firing on an enemy convoy. Not included among the incidents in the report is a U.S. attack on a convoy in December. Franks insists this was what he calls a "righteous target." He argues it was not just a convoy of leaders friendly to the new Afghan government, as chairman Hamid Karzai has claimed. Last Updated: Mar 29, 2002
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