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US identifies 3 agents killed in Afghanistan

US identifies 3 agents killed in Afghanistan

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has identified three agents killed Monday in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, the agency's first fatalities in its counternarcotics operations in that country.
They were Special Agent Forrest Leamon, Special Agent Chad Michael and Special Agent Michael Weston. The men were assigned to the agency's fight against the opium trade in Afghanistan, one of the world's most prolific from which receipts finance much insurgent activity.
The DEA began operations in Afghanistan in 2005 but launched plans in the past year to expand the effort greatly, from about a dozen agents to nearly 80.
The three men died in a helicopter crash that also claimed the lives of seven U.S. service members. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Michael, 30, had been working at the DEA's office in Miami, Florida, until August when he was transferred to Afghanistan.
The head of the Miami office, Mark Trouville, remembered Michael as an accomplished agent who had done undercover work, including the takedown of a major Colombian heroin smuggling operation.
"He was a hard-charging case maker. He wanted to go and do this. He wanted to make a difference," Trouville said Tuesday. "He was a young man with a lot of energy and a lot of talents."
Leamon, 37, had been working in Afghanistan since 2007. Weston, also 37, had worked until August at the DEA's Richmond, Virginia, office.


Updated : 2021-07-28 01:10 GMT+08:00