Published: Mon, January 13, 2020

Fort Bragg Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan

Fort Bragg Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan

Two U.S. troops were killed and two injured when the explosive device hit the military vehicle, military officials said.

Staff Sgt. Ian Paul McLaughlin, 29, of Newport News, Va., and Pfc. Miguel A. Villalon, 21, of Joliet, Ill.

A convoy of USA troops was hit by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan's province of Kandahar on Saturday, AP reported, citing unidentified North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and local officials.

The Taliban immediately claimed responsibility for Saturday's attack in a statement from spokesman Qari Yusouf Ahmadi, The Associated Press reported. "They lived their motto "Essayons" and embodied the values of the all-American engineer".

More than 2,400 US service members have been killed in Afghanistan after 18 years of war.

Last year, 20 US troops lost their lives fighting the Taliban and other insurgent groups, a figure higher than that of any other year since 2014.

McLaughlin joined the Army in 2012 and served as a squad leader.

"These paratroopers represent the very best of our Nation and our Army", Maj. "Three time volunteers, they went when our Nation called and paid the ultimate sacrifice", Col. Villalon's awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.

The Taliban have controlled or held sway over roughly half of Afghanistan.

More than 2,400 troops have been killed in Afghanistan since the war started in 2001.

Hafiz Mohibullah, one of the senior commanders of the Taliban movement, has been killed in airstrike in Afghanistan's Kunduz province, the Tolo News cited the country's Defence Ministry spokesperson as saying in a statement on Sunday.

"I think wider Afghan society is waiting to see if the Taliban are prepared to act differently and to sit down and try to work out a way to resolve differences within the society through something other than violence", Bass said.

Scores of Afghan civilians also have been killed in the crossfire or by roadside bombs planted by militants.

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