Over the weekend, two Special Forces operators were killed in Afghanistan along with six others being wounded.
The fallen soldiers were identified 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 of these soldiers were members of the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) that operate out of Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
Possible Inside Job
While reports around the circumstances of their deaths remain murky, the early reports are more than disturbing.
There is early speculation that the man that killed our troops was actually an Afghani soldier that turned his gun on his fellow troops as well as our soldiers.
Army Colonel Sonny Leggett, the spokesperson for the U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, stated, “Upon completing a key-leader engagement at the district center, current reports indicate an individual in an Afghan uniform opened fire on the combined U.S. and Afghan force with a machine gun.
“We are still collecting information and the cause or motive behind the attack is unknown at this time.
“The incident is under investigation.”
The Afghan Ministry of Defense also issued a statement:
“As a result, unfortunately, one brave ANA member was martyred and three brave members injured; and two brave Resolute support members lost their lives and six brave members were injured.”
It would go on to that attacks such as this will “fail to have negative effects on the friendship and spirit of cooperation and between the ANDSF and US Military forces. We will continue to fight terrorism together.”
Bring Our Troops Home
It is bad enough when our troops die in battle, but deaths such as this are simply inexcusable.
It just reinforces the need to get our troops out of the Middle East as soon as possible.
Current estimates are that we have somewhere between 12,000 and 13,000 troops serving in Afghanistan both assisting the Afghan military and carrying out direct strikes against terrorist groups.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), while normally a supporter of Trump, has been extremely vocal that Trump needs to find a way to end our Middle East participation and bring all of our troops home.
Those cries will no doubt grow louder now that our troops are being taken out by the very people we are supposed to be there to train and protect.
Source: Military Times
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