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U-S General Denies Report 12 Commandos Wounded in October Raid - 2001-11-04


The top U-S general has denied a magazine report that 12 U-S commanders were wounded -- three seriously -- during a raid last month in Afghanistan.

General Richard Myers told N-B-C television that the raid on October 20th near Kandahar went flawlessly and was executed exactly according to plan.

He repeated that U-S forces encountered only light resistance from the Taleban during the raid on a building used by Taleban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar.

General Myers said U-S forces sustained no serious injuries, and Taleban fighters inflicted no injuries on U-S commandos. The Pentagon says only two soldiers were injured in a parachute drop at the outset of the raid.

The New Yorker magazine had reported that the U-S "Delta Force" commandos encountered heavier than expected resistance in a raid on a building used by Taleban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar.

The magazine said top U-S military officials were re-assessing commando tactics in light of what happened.

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