Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan
The Department of Defense announced today the death of two U.S. soldiers who were killed in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, “as a result of wounds sustained while engaged in combat operations.” Sgt. 1st Class Javier Jaguar Gutierrez, 28, of San Antonio, Texas and Sgt. 1st Class Antonio Rey Rodriguez, 28, of Las Cruces, New Mexico were the two soldiers killed.
United States Air Force spokesman Colonel Sonny Leggett remarked early “reports indicate an individual in an Afghan uniform opened fire on the combined U.S. and Afghan force with a machine gun”. The “incident is under investigation.”
Afghanistan’s Ministry of Defense is also reporting one Afghani soldier was killed and three more injured.
Recent communications from Department of Defense officials “on the pending 4,000 troops rumored to be leaving Afghanistan” reveal there is no update “on any change in [U.S.] force posture in Afghanistan.”