WASHINGTON — The Defense Department today denied a Soviet report that at least one U.S. military adviser had been killed in recent fighting in Afghanistan.
"We have heard reports concerning an incident of that nature. However, there are no U.S. military advisers in Afghanistan," the department said in a statement.
The word "no" was underlined.
The Soviet press agency Tass said "at least one American adviser" had been killed in Afghanistan during fighting between Afghan government troops and Muslim rebel forces around the eastern garrison town of Khost.
Tass quoted Afghan Deputy Defense Minister Mohammad Nabi Azimi as telling a news conference in Kabul on Sunday that the American was killed during fighting for the road between Kabul and the provincial capital, Gardez.