first published on December 22, 2015 by Will
During a joint U.S.-Afghan patrol near Bagram Airfield, troops were targeted by a motorcycle borne suicide bomber on Monday according to Military Times. Six U.S. airmen were killed while two other airmen were wounded along with an Afghan service member. Four of the airmen killed were special investigation agents, while the other two were security forces.
Not all of the identities of the fallen have been released at this point. However, according to CBS New York, one of the airmen has been identified as NYPD Detective Joseph Lemm, 45, a 15-year veteran of the police department who was on his third tour with the Air National Guard. He had been deployed once to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan. Lemm leaves behind a wife and two daughters. RIP to the fallen.
The security situation in Afghanistan continues to rapidly deteriorate. The Taliban are in total control of around 40 districts across Afghanistan and around 40 other districts are currently being contested. On Sunday, Taliban spokesmen claimed to have taken total control of the Sangin district in Helmand province, even with the presence of U.S. and U.K. Special Operation Forces taking a direct role in the fighting. Helmand province, the symbolic home of the Taliban, is teetering on the brink of collapse.
There are still almost 10,000 U.S. troops and an estimated 4,000 NATO troops still currently deployed to Afghanistan.