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Injured Afghan fighters at D.C. hospital

By George Mathews
CNN

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Six Afghan fighters injured in a friendly fire incident last month in Afghanistan are being treated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, a hospital spokesman said Wednesday.

The normal procedure for Afghans injured fighting alongside U.S. forces is to be treated at a military medical facility at the Kandahar airport, said Lt. Col. Martin Compton, a spokesman for the U.S. Central Command. If their injuries are more severe, he said, the fighters are evacuated to a Navy ship in the Indian Ocean.

"Due to the nature of their injuries, it was determined they could be best addressed here by the specialists at Walter Reed," said Jim Stueve, a hospital spokesman.

The six, who are in stable condition, were brought to the hospital Saturday.

Three members of the U.S. Army Special Forces and five Afghan fighters were killed December 5 when a 2,000-pound bomb hit their position north of Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Three of the 20 U.S. servicemen injured in the bombing also are being treated at Walter Reed, said Stueve.

The six Afghans at Walter Reed are being accompanied 24 hours a day by an interpreter who speaks Pashtun, Stueve said.

"When they have recovered, they will be sent back to Afghanistan," Stueve said.



 
 
 
 



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