United States identifies soldiers killed by Afghanistan servicemember

Marsha Scott
June 13, 2017

Also over the weekend, an American air strike in southern Afghanistan killed at least three Afghanpolicemen and wounded several during a joint operation by Afghan and US special forces.

According to the U.S. command, a convoy with Afghan and USA personnel "was struck by a roadside bomb and attacked with small arms fire in Nangarhar Province".

The U.S. has deployed 8,400 troops in Afghanistan, although most don't participate in combat.

US military officials have not received any official reports of civilian casualties in the wake of an attack on a U.S.

A convoy carrying United States and Afghan personnel was hit by a roadside bomb and attacked by small arms fire in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, the U.S. forces in Afghanistan said in a press release on Monday.

"We can confirm that a convoy with USA and Afghan personnel was struck by a roadside bomb and attacked with small arms fire in Nangarhar Province". Khogyani said that Afghanistan will be investigating the incident.

"He was a husband and father first", said his father, Mike Houck.

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Afghan soldiers patrol Logar Province, Afghanistan, in 2014.

Houck, Bays and Baldridge were supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel, a counter-terror mission focused on ISIS and al Qaida elements who remain active along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

But family members on Monday prepared for the Baltimore native's coffin to arrive at Dover Force Base, grieving their loss after the 25-year-old was killed Saturday in eastern Afghanistan. The operation was targeting ISIS-K, the terrorist group's Afghanistan affiliate.

Special Forces Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar, 37, was killed in action in April.

U.S. officials estimate ISIS has 600 to 800 fighters in the country, mostly former members of other regional terrorist groups, such as the Pakistani Taliban and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.

The motivations for such attacks are sometimes unclear, with some resulting from personal conflicts while others may be due to the Taliban's infiltrating the Afghan military.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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