U.S. Army Ranger Killed in Afghanistan Saturday Likely Shot by Afghan Forces

The initial review indicated that a U.S. Army Ranger who was killed on Nov. 24 in Afghanistan was likely accidentally shot by the Afghan Forces, the NATO Resolute Support mission said in statement.

There are no indications he was shot intentionally, the statement added.

The soldier killed in the incident was identified as Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso, 25, from Leavenworth, Washington. Jasso was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

The U.S. Department of Defence has earlier said that the soldier died in Garmsir District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, as a result of wounds sustained while engaging enemy forces in Khash Rod District, Nimruz Province.

“The loss of Sgt. Jasso is felt by his family and loved ones, by all who served with him and by all on this mission to protect our country and our allies,” said Gen. Scott Miller, Commanding General of Resolute Support and United States Forces – Afghanistan.

Early interviews indicate the tragic accident occurred when the partnered force became engaged in a close-quarter battle (CQB) during an assault on one of multiple barricaded al Qaeda shooters, according to the Resolute Support statement.

“Sgt. Jasso was killed defending our nation, fighting al Qaeda alongside our Afghan partners,” Gen. Miller added. “All of us, and throughout our coalition of 41 nations, recognize the threats posed by groups such as al Qaeda and ISIS and are determined to fight them here.”

In a separate incident, on Nov. 27, three U.S. service members were killed and three were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near Ghazni city in Afghanistan. The names of the service members are being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete, in accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy.

The death of the three soldiers brought the U.S. combat death toll this year in Afghanistan to 11.

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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