Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Antonio J Sledd

Hillsborough, Florida

October 8, 2002

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
20 Marine L/Cpl

Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit

Camp Pendleton, California

He died from wounds received in action while participating in an urban exercise as part of Exercise Eager Mace in Kuwait..

FindArticles / Reference / VFW Magazine / Dec, 2002
Americans killed by al Qaeda in the Philippines and Kuwait: after nearly three months of relative calm, two more uniformed Americans were killed in October
The war on terrorism turned deadly again in October as a Green Beret and a Marine were killed within a week of each other on opposite sides of the world.

On Oct. 2, a bomb exploded outside a restaurant frequented by Special Forces soldiers in Zamboanga in the southern Philippines. Killed in the blast was Sgt. 1st Class Mark Wayne Jackson of the 1st Special Forces Group. Another Green Beret and about two dozen bystanders were wounded. Jackson and the other Green Beret were based at Camp Enrile Malagutay, which is across the street from the blast site.

Jackson was part of a 260-member special-operations task force providing humanitarian assistance in Zamboanga and Basilan. It is the remnant of a 660-member U.S. force that trained Philippine military forces from January to August. Jackson's contingent was refurbishing hospitals and schools, digging wells and providing medical assistance, according to Maj. Cynthia Teramae, spokeswoman for U.S. Special Operations Command, Pacific.

Another group of U.S. special-operations troops is expected to resume training Philippine military forces in February. That mission should last throughout next year, raising two Philippine light reaction companies and four light infantry battalions.

Within days of the bombing, Philippine government forces arrested Jordanian businessman Mohammad Amin Al-Ghaffari, director of the Islamic Wisdom Worldwide Mission, Inc., reportedly funded by al Qaeda. Al-Ghaffari also was quickly linked to some of Southeast Asia's worst terrorist and criminal groups.

"Initially, he was placed under surveillance after we established that he was in constant contact with members of Jemaah Islamiyah, mostly Indonesians, in the country, Abu Sayyaf bandits and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front," an unidentified Philippine intelligence agent told the Philippine Star.

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