U.S. Soldier in Afghanistan Killed by Sniper's Bullet
DEBORAH AMOS, Host:
A glance at a map shows the U.S. military is fighting wars on both sides of Iran. One of Iran's borders, you see, there's Iraq. On the other side of the country, you see Afghanistan. And today, the U.S. made more charges that its enemies are getting help from Iran.
STEVE INSKEEP, Host:
An American general in Afghanistan says his troops intercepted a shipment of sophisticated explosive devices. And General Dan McNeill says he believes Iran's military was involved in shipping those devices.
AMOS: The general's charges come on the same day that we're remembering an American killed after fighting in Afghanistan. A sniper's bullet struck Christopher Pfeifer, and he made it back to the United States before dying in the hospital.
INSKEEP: Julie Becker reports.
JULIE BECKER: Last-minute funeral arrangements are being made and the kitchen is overflowing with food from well wishers. The people here are trying to put aside some of the grief of the last six weeks and talk about Chris Pfeifer's short life. His mom, Dar, said he had an infectious laugh.
DAR PFEIFER: If he was laughing, everybody was laughing. That's just the type of laugh that Chris had, which is - he couldn't laugh and you not join in with him.
BECKER: Chris Pfeifer was a hardworking kid, and no job was too big or too nasty, whether it was cleaning out the chicken coop or helping his uncle put up fences. He was only 12 years old when he worked like a field hand from dawn til dusk, to the point of exhaustion. At the end of the day, the uncle call Pfeifer's mom to apologize for working the boy so hard.
PFEIFER: He said I forget. He's such a big kid. And he said, I forgot he was so young. He said, I never even thought about making him work out there all day long. He said, he never said a word.
BECKER: Chris Pfeifer loved to be outdoors. He could catch a string of fish when everyone else came home empty-handed. His platoon leader, Michael DelSardo(ph) is on leave for the funeral and tells Pfeifer's father about the time he and his son fed the whole platoon.
MICHAEL DELSARDO: I mean, Afghanistan, we didn't have food. Me and him would kill a goat. He made the rice, and I cooked the goat, you know.
(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)
DELSARDO: He knew how to do all that.
MICHAEL PFEIFER: His mother has two pet goats in the backyard. If his mother would've known that he was eating one over there, she would've probably disowned him.
(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)
BECKER: For NPR News, I'm Julie Becker in O'Neill, Nebraska.
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