first published on March 24, 2019 by Will
The identities of the two US soldiers killed in Afghanistan on March 22, 2019, have been released, but the details of what occurred are still under investigation by NATO.
SPC Joseph P. Collette, 29, from Lancaster, Ohio, was with the 242nd Ordnance Battalion, 71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group when he was killed in Kunduz.
SFC Will D. Lindsay, 33, of Cortez, Colorado, a Green Beret with 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), was also killed in the operation against the Taliban in the Gul Tepa District of Kunduz.
The district is reportedly under total Taliban control, and the militants are likely on the eve of overrunning Kunduz city… again.
This is where it gets confusing. The New York Times reported that two firefights had taken place between US forces and Afghan troops. The first insider attack was on Friday, the day the two soldiers were killed. It is as of yet unclear if the US troops died at the hand of an Afghan defector.
The Times also reported that the following day, Saturday, an Afghan soldier, also being called a “Taliban insider” opened fire on a US patrol. The US returned fire on the attacker, at which point another 20-minute firefight broke out between US and Afghan forces. The Americans ended the firefight by calling in an airstrike on the Afghan Army outpost, killing roughly a half dozen indigenous soldiers. Reports are also indicating that approximately a dozen civilians and many Taliban fighters were killed in US airstrikes on Saturday as well.
A total of four US troops have now been killed in Afghanistan in 2019. In January, Army Ranger SGT Cameron Meddock, 26, and Green Beret SFC Joshua “Zach” Beale, 32, died in separate incidents.
The body of @USArmy Spc. Joseph Collette of Lancaster returns stateside.
— WTTE FOX 28 (@fox28columbus) March 24, 2019