Commander Talks About Fort Campbell Deaths

Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division, says a tough battle in which six U.S. soldiers died on Tuesday continues in Afghanistan.

Campbell spoke to reporters at Fort Campbell on a video conference from his headquarters in Bagram on Thursday and said that 117 members of the 101st have died in battle since last March.

The latest deaths came during ongoing combat to clear insurgents from eastern Afghanistan. Campbell said he couldn’t discuss details because the operation was ongoing, but called it a joint mission involving NATO forces, the Afghan national army and border police.

Campbell said a significant number of insurgents have been killed in the operation.