2,220 US Soldiers Lost in Afghanistan to Date

Posted on March 11, 2014 by

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On 12 February 2014, soldiers were killed in Kapisa Province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. Specialist John A. Pelham, 22, from Portland, Oregon, and Sergeant First class Roberto C. Skelt, Jr., 41, of York, Florida both died from wounds.

This was the second inside attack against coalition forces this year.

The gunmen were dressed up as Afghan Security Forces. They were killed by return fire.

They were both assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and were deployed in 2011 for Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan.

Fort Bragg is home of Airborne and Special Operation Forces.

Pelham enlisted in 2011 as a signal intelligence analyst. He won the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.

Skelt enlisted in 1990 as a signal support systems specialist. He also won the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.

“Even though I am joining, I still feel for the families of the soldiers,” Collin Reinert said.  “It might be me one day, and while I hope that it never is, I also hope that people will pray for my family. People need to understand exactly what is happening to these soldiers who are now coming home. Some come home in a box, others with PTSD, which can mess with them for life. Most people haven’t even heard about these brave soldiers; they are too wrapped up in their own ignorance and selfishness to even thank the brave men and women who help keep the freedom that they take for granted.”

At the beginning of 2014, there were about 38,000 troops in Afghanistan with about 27,000 of those in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. As of 7 January, around 2,220 soldiers died in Afghanistan according to cbsnews.com.  The President wants to leave at least 10,000 troops in Afghanistan.

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