Pentagon identifies U.S. service members killed in IED blast in Afghanistan

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Read: 453     09:50     29 November 2018    

The Pentagon on Wednesday identified the U.S. service members killed in central Afghanistan this week by a roadside bomb in what is the deadliest day for American forces so far this year.


Taliban militants claimed responsibility for the attack on Tuesday near the central Afghan city of Ghazni. A convoy of U.S. Army special forces soldiers were traveling to Andar district, roughly 20 miles south of Ghazni city, to conduct combat operations against Taliban forces when the convoy struck an improvised explosive device.

U.S. Army Green Berets Captain Andrew P. Ross, 29, of Lexington, Virginia and Sergeant 1st Class Eric M. Emond, 39, of Brush Prairie, Washington died after sustaining severe wounds from the blast. U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Dylan Elchin, 25, a combat controller from Beaver, Pennsylvania was also killed. 

Ross and Emond were members of 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), out of Fort Bragg in North Carolina, while Elchin was on loan to the unit from the 26th Special Tactics Squadron out of Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico.

Three other U.S. soldiers and an American contractor were wounded. U.S. attack helicopters flew in to evacuate the injured and retrieve the dead. Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, said Tuesday, “The United States is grateful for their service and forever in debt for their sacrifice.”

A Defense Department source told Newsweek on Wednesday that two U.S. Army soldiers are in critical condition, along with a third U.S. Army special forces soldier. The American civilian contractor died of his wounds, the source said.



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Pentagon identifies U.S. service members killed in IED blast in Afghanistan

2018/11/sfkiaafghanistan-1543469385.jpg
Read: 454     09:50     29 November 2018    

The Pentagon on Wednesday identified the U.S. service members killed in central Afghanistan this week by a roadside bomb in what is the deadliest day for American forces so far this year.


Taliban militants claimed responsibility for the attack on Tuesday near the central Afghan city of Ghazni. A convoy of U.S. Army special forces soldiers were traveling to Andar district, roughly 20 miles south of Ghazni city, to conduct combat operations against Taliban forces when the convoy struck an improvised explosive device.

U.S. Army Green Berets Captain Andrew P. Ross, 29, of Lexington, Virginia and Sergeant 1st Class Eric M. Emond, 39, of Brush Prairie, Washington died after sustaining severe wounds from the blast. U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Dylan Elchin, 25, a combat controller from Beaver, Pennsylvania was also killed. 

Ross and Emond were members of 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), out of Fort Bragg in North Carolina, while Elchin was on loan to the unit from the 26th Special Tactics Squadron out of Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico.

Three other U.S. soldiers and an American contractor were wounded. U.S. attack helicopters flew in to evacuate the injured and retrieve the dead. Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, said Tuesday, “The United States is grateful for their service and forever in debt for their sacrifice.”

A Defense Department source told Newsweek on Wednesday that two U.S. Army soldiers are in critical condition, along with a third U.S. Army special forces soldier. The American civilian contractor died of his wounds, the source said.



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