US Identify 2 Soldiers killed in Afghanistan attack

TWO U.S. soldiers who were killed in a firefight in eastern Afghanistan, along with one Afghan National Army member have been identified.

Six others were wounded in the fight, which took place on Feb. 8 in Sherzad district, Nangarhar province.

On Sunday, the Pentagon identified the two Americans killed as Sgt. 1st Class Javier Jaguar Gutierrez, 28, of San Antonio, Texas, and Sgt. 1st Class Antonio Rey Rodriguez, 28, of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Both soldiers, who were assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), were posthumously promoted after the attack.

The two soldiers died Feb. 8, 2020, from wounds sustained during combat operations.

Four other U.S. service members have been killed in Afghanistan this year, two in a roadside explosion and two others when their U.S. Air Force E-11B aircraft crashed because of an apparent mechanical issue.

There are about 13,000 American troops in Afghanistan, most of whom are involved in the training and advisory mission to help the Afghan security forces in their fight against the Taliban and the Islamic State affiliate.

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