Afghanistan: On Saturday NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan announced that a U.S. servicemember was killed in action in Afghanistan on Saturday.
The identity of the servicemember was being withheld pending next-of-kin notification, NATO’s Resolute Support mission said in a statement.
No other details were immediately provided.
It raises to 10 the number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan this year. Earlier this month, Maj. Brent Taylor of the Army National Guard was killed during an insider attack in Kabul that also injured another U.S. servicemember.
Most of the roughly 14,000 U.S. troops deployed to Afghanistan assist NATO’s training and advising mission, while a smaller amount help with the U.S.’s separate counter-terrorism mission that targets groups like the local Islamic State affiliate.
About 2,400 American military personnel have been killed since the war in Afghanistan began in 2001.
The deceased soldier has been identified as Sergeant Leandro A.S. Jasso, age 25. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.
US Army Ranger Sergeant Leandro A.S. Jasso, age 25, of @leavenworth_wa died Saturday, November 24th, 2018, while serving in Afghanistan. He was assigned to @JBLM_PAO 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.
— F. Jeffery 👁 (@Natsecjeff) November 25, 2018
UPDATE – 27th November 2018
On Tuesday the U.S. military said that U.S. ARMY Ranger Sergeant Leandro A.S. Jasso was likely shot “accidentally” by allied Afghan partners during close combat.