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Bodies of 2 Navy SEALs found in Afghanistan

One member of American team remains missing



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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The bodies of two Navy SEALs have been found in Afghanistan a week after their four-man team went missing, the U.S. military said Tuesday.

One SEAL remains missing; another was rescued and is expected to make a full recovery, according to a statement from the U.S.-led Coalition Press Information Center. (Full story)

The two SEALs were found Monday during a combat search and rescue operation in Kunar province, the statement said. They were taken to a U.S. military hospital at Bagram Air Base, where they were pronounced dead.

The two bodies have not been identified, and the U.S. military has notified the families of all three missing SEALs.

The small reconnaissance team was heard from last when it called in for reinforcements June 28 near the Afghan-Pakistan border. The SEALs were participating in Operation Red Wing against insurgents in Kunar.

An American military helicopter crashed while bringing the reinforcements to the team, killing all 16 service members on board. (Full story)

It was the worst single-day death toll for U.S. forces since the Afghan war began almost four years ago. (Casualties identified)

The U.S. military says it believes insurgents shot down the MH-47 helicopter.

On Friday, the United States launched an airstrike on a compound that military officials described as a "known operating base for terrorist attacks."

The compound was sheltering insurgents connected to last week's chopper downing, military officials said.

Gov. Asadullah Wafa of Kunar province told news agencies that 17 civilians, including some women and children, were killed in the strike.

In a statement Monday, the Coalition Press Information Center said the number of civilians and "enemy terrorists" killed was unknown.

The statement said that a "medium-level terrorist leader" used the compound as a base and the airstrike was hastily ordered for fear the leader would leave the site.

"Certainly loss of innocent lives is something that anyone putting together an operation tries to avoid, so loss of innocent lives is something that our forces avoid," said Lt. Cindy Moore, a spokeswoman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

Moore also said it was common for "enemy forces" to move their families into areas where they are conducting operations, thus putting innocent civilians at risk.

CNN's Barbara Starr contributed to this report.

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