Bodies of soldiers killed in Afghanistan due back in U.S.
07 October, 2009
WASHINGTON: The flag-draped coffins of at least four U.S. soldiers killed during a weekend onslaught against a U.S. military outpost in Afghanistan were scheduled to arrive at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Tuesday morning, the military said.
The bodies will include Sgt. Joshua J. Kirk of South Portland, Maine; Spc. Michael P. Scusa of Villas, New Jersey; Spc. Christopher T. Griffin of Kincheloe, Michigan; and Pfc. Kevin C. Thomson of Reno, Nevada, according to the Air Force mortuary affairs office. The dignified transfer ceremony also might include other fallen service members.
Coverage of their return is allowed with the permission of their families under a policy instituted by the Obama administration early this year.
Taliban militants attacked American and Afghan troops in Nuristan province Saturday, opening fire on the outpost from multiple locations with rockets, mortars and heavy-caliber machine guns, killing at least eight American troops and two members of the Afghan National Security Force, the military said.
It was the largest number of Americans killed by hostile action in a single day since July 13 of last year, when nine troops died, according to CNN records.