November 3, 2016
Written by Lorra B.
During an operation in Kunduz province two U.S. soldiers were killed and two others were wounded along with dozens of civilians.
On Thursday, the U.S.-led military coalition stated that the U.S. troops came under attack “during a train, advise and assist mission with our Afghan partners to clear a Taliban position and disrupt the group’s operations.”
A spokesperson for Governor Asadullah Omarkhel, Mahmood Danish, said that airstrikes were called by Afghan special forces to push the militants back and to defend themselves. During the attack 26 Taliban were killed and 17 injured.
The U.S. Commander in the country, Gen. John W. Nicholson, was grieved over the loss of the two American military members, according to the Chicago Tribune.
“Today’s loss is heartbreaking and we offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of our service members who lost their lives today,” she said in a statement. “Despite today’s tragic event, we are steadfast in our commitment to help our Afghan partners defend their nation.”
The two American casualties have yet to be identified by NATO as they seek to inform their families, nor did they comment further on the soldier’s mission.
What is known about the mission is that Afghan special forces were attempting to capture or eliminate two senior Taliban commanders in Bous Kanahari which is just outside the city of Kunduz.
The two senior Taliban members being targeted were confirmed dead. Four Afghan soldiers were also killed along with six others wounded.
The city of Kunduz was captured for a short time by the Taliban in 2015 and eventually pushed out. Last month, however, they fought their way back in and took control of several neighborhoods.
In 2014 President Barack Obama told the world that the combat mission in Afghanistan was over and done with. However, since that time over 700 airstrikes have been carried out on Afghanistan by American warplanes.
Remaining in Afghanistan are nearly 9,000 American troops.
The war in Afghanistan is America’s longest war in history. Since the war in Afghanistan began, there have been 20,049 American soldiers wounded in action and as of October 18, 2016, 2,386 U.S. troops have died. Of the 2,386 troops 1,834 deaths were the result of hostile acts, according to Wikipedia.
The war began on September 11, 2001 and continues today with no end in sight.
Written by Lorra B.