CHICAGO (AP) - A 25-year-old U.S. diplomat killed in an attack in southern Afghanistan is being remembered as an up-and-coming public servant who loved working directly with Afghan residents.
Anne Smedinghoff died Saturday when the group she was traveling with was struck by an explosion. They were en route to traveling to donate textbooks to students. The Chicago-area woman is the first American diplomat to die on the job since last year's attack on the U.S. diplomatic installation in Benghazi, Libya.
While a student at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, she worked part time for Sam Hopkins, an attorney near campus. He describes her as ambitious "but in a wonderfully quiet modest way."
She had an early interest in foreign affairs and was an organizer of the university's Foreign Affairs Symposium in 2008.
Also on Saturday, a NATO air strike targeting Taliban commanders in eastern Afghanistan is said to have killed 11 children. The operation took place in a village in Shigal district located in Afghanistan's Kunar province, which is on the border with Pakistan. A spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said they were aware of reports of civilian casualties and were assessing the incident.
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