9 US troops killed in Afghanistan

9 US troops killed in Afghanistan

By JASON STRAZIUSO, Associated Press Writer
25 minutes ago

KABUL, Afghanistan - A multi-pronged militant assault on a small, remote U.S. base killed nine American soldiers Sunday in one of the deadliest attacks on U.S. troops since the 2001 invasion, a Western official said.

Militants fired machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars from homes and a mosque in the village of Wanat in the northeastern province of Kunar, a mountainous region that borders Pakistan, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said in a statement.



RIP Soldiers
Could be a "Tet" Analogue, or an attempt by an increasingly desperate and Pakistan based Taliban to look like they are as resurgent as they say they are.

Condolences to the families and comrades of the fallen.

Hardly a smashing victory for the Taliban not unless they can generate a disproportionate amount of flap over the issue.

This would be a key moment for European countries to amp up their contribution...or us if we could just drop whole tiresome neutrality routine.
RiP lads
Names of 173rd Airborne paratroopers KIA

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of nine soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died of wounds suffered when their outpost was attacked by small arms fire and rocket propelled grenades from enemy forces in Wanat, Afghanistan, on July 13. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy.

Killed were:

1st Lt. Jonathan P. Brostrom, 24, of Hawaii.

Sgt. Israel Garcia, 24, of Long Beach, Calif.

Cpl. Jonathan R. Ayers, 24, of Snellville, Ga.

Cpl. Jason M. Bogar, 25, of Seattle, Wash.

Cpl. Jason D. Hovater, 24, of Clinton, Tenn.

Cpl. Matthew B. Phillips, 27, of Jasper, Ga.

Cpl. Pruitt A. Rainey, 22, of Haw River, N.C.

Cpl. Gunnar W. Zwilling, 20, of Florissant, Mo.

Pfc. Sergio S. Abad, 21, of Morganfield, Ky.

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