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US Soldier Stabbed To Death By Afghan Teenager


Army Sgt. Michael Cable

Army Sgt. Michael Cable, whose death was reported last week by the Department of Defense as the result of "an attack by enemy forces," was actually stabbed to death by an Afghan teenager, according to an exclusive report by the Associated Press.

Two unnamed senior U.S. officials told the Associated Press that Cable, 26, was killed March 27 when an Afghan teenager stabbed him in the neck. Cable was playing with a group of local children at the time of the attack:

[O]ne of the U.S. officials said the youth was not believed to have been a member of the Afghan security forces or in uniform so it was not being classified as an insider attack.

The official said the attacker was thought to be about 16 years old, but the age couldn't be verified.

The Afghan teenager has since fled to Pakistan, according to the A.P.

Cable was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell in Kentucky.

As Home Post reported last week, Cable was from Philpot, Kentucky, and was a cross-country running standout when he attended Daviess County High School. His coach, Tony Rowe, told local website The

"I sent out an email this morning with the Bible verse, 'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends'. He's a hero. He died fighting for us and trying to make life better for the people of Afghanistan."

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mitlitary777mom | April 1, 2013 at 11:52 a.m. ― 3 years, 12 months ago

God bless this soldiers family. My heart goes out to them.

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Missionaccomplished | April 1, 2013 at 12:16 p.m. ― 3 years, 12 months ago

Don't know that he was actually "laying down his life" for anyone--not with an AR-15 or whatever it is in his hand. This is just another one of the many sad tales of this stupid unnecesarry war that has gone on for too long. Will peace ever come to Afghanistan in our lifetimes?

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