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US Military Recovers Bodies of Two Servicemen in Afghanistan

A Special Operations Force commando from Task Force K-Bar watches near Khandahar (File Photo - Feb. 12, 2002)
The U.S. military says it has recovered the dead bodies of two Navy SEALS missing in Afghanistan since last week.

Pentagon officials would not give details of the recovery in order to protect the ongoing operation in the area.

The two servicemen were part of a four-man reconnaissance team that disappeared last Tuesday in the eastern province of Kunar. One of the SEALS was rescued Saturday after he took shelter in the home of an Afghan village elder. The fourth member of the team remains missing.

A U.S. military helicopter sent to assist the elite unit was shot down by suspected Taleban militants, killing all 16 U.S. service members aboard.

Meanwhile, U.S. military officials are apologizing for the deaths of civilians during an airstrike carried out in Kunar province during a search for the missing SEALS. Kunar's provincial governor says 17 civilians were killed in the airstrike.

Some of this information provided by AP.