Pentagon Identifies Three U.S. Service Members Killed in IED Explosion in Afghanistan

The U.S. Department of Defence (DoD) identified the three U.S. service members who were killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) detonation earlier this week near Ghazni city in Afghanistan.

According to the DoD statement, the service members, two soldiers and one airman, died Nov. 27, from injuries sustained when their vehicle was struck by an IED while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Andar, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.

The deceased in the incident are: Army Capt. Andrew Patrick Ross, 29, of Lexington, Virginia; Army Sgt. 1st Class Eric Michael Emond, 39, of Brush Prairie, Washington; and Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan J. Elchin, 25, of Hookstown, Pennsylvania.

The Army soldiers were assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina and the airman was assigned to the 26th Special Tactics Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico.

The incident brought the U.S. combat death toll this year in Afghanistan to 11.

On Nov. 24, a U.S. Army Ranger was killed while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan. The soldier was later identified as Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso, 25, from Leavenworth, Washington.

Earlier this month, a U.S. service member, identified as Major Brent Taylor, was killed in an insider attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. Major Taylor was assigned to the Utah Army National Guard and was the Mayor of North Ogden, Utah. The attacker, who was a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), was immediately killed by Afghan Forces.

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