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U.S. Soldiers Recover in Germany

July 29, 2002

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BERLIN (AP) _ Three American soldiers wounded in an ambush in eastern Afghanistan were recovering in Germany and in stable condition Monday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

One soldier with very serious head injuries and another with an eye injury were taken to a German hospital in Homburg, near the U.S. military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, where they underwent surgery.

The former is in serious but stable condition while the latter is in serious condition, but likely will not lose his eye, said Marie Shaw, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

The soldiers were treated outside the U.S. facility because Landstuhl did not have the specialists on hand to perform the necessary surgeries, Shaw said. They will likely be returned to Landstuhl for ongoing treatment, she said.

Shaw said the third soldier had shrapnel wounds to the leg and elbow, and is currently in good condition.

The military has not released the names of the soldiers or their unit.

The soldiers were among five injured Saturday when they came under small-arms fire while on a reconnaissance mission in the Khost region, about 90 miles southeast of Kabul. Two allied Afghan fighters and four attackers were killed in the 4 1/2-hour battle.

U.S. officials in Afghanistan initially said the two other injured American soldiers would be treated in the country but Shaw said they are now expected to be transported to Landstuhl as well and could arrive either late Monday or Tuesday.

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