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Plane Crash in Pakistan Kills 7 Marines

Wednesday, 09 January 2002 12:00 AM

The Marines are assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352, and were attached to Combined Task Force 58 in support of Operating Enduring Freedom. The squadron is based at the Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, Calif., which is located in San Diego County.

His father said Bryan Bertrand, 23, who served as a Marine for three years, could have been home about a month ago, but volunteered for another tour of duty, his father told KATU Channel 2 in Portland from his home in Coos Bay, Ore.

Bertrand's sister told KATU that the military called the family Wednesday to tell them.

Defense officials said there are no signs the plane was brought down by hostile action.

In a brief statement, U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Fla., said the four-engine plane crashed as it was making its landing approach at a base in Shamsi, in southwestern Pakistan. The airbase is about 180 miles southwest of the Pakistani city of Quetta. The KC-130 is routinely used for in-flight refueling or hauling cargo.

President Bush said the crash is a reminder of "how serious the times are today." He said the nation's hearts and prayers go out to the soldiers' families.

In Afghanistan, the release of seven high-ranking Taliban ministers has sparked a controversy as the United States wanted them for questioning. An Afghan spokesman said the interim government is trying to determine if their release was appropriate.

The men were surrendered to local Afghan leaders near the southern city of Kandahar early this week. The released former Taliban officials include Justice Minister Mullah Nooruddin Turabi, who imposed some of the Taliban's harshest edicts.

In his first televised address, Afghanistan's interim leader, Hamid Karzai, called Wednesday for all Afghan factions to join together and establish a national army.

Karzai also said his main economic priorities are controlling inflation, improving domestic products and increasing jobs.

On CNN's Larry King Live program, he assured the American people that suspected terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden and his chief Taliban patron Mullah Mohammad Omar will be brought to justice soon.

"They will be arrested," he said. "It's just a question of time."

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