U.S. Army Sgt. Leandro Jasso, 25, killed in Afghanistan
On Saturday, an Army Ranger assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment was killed in Afghanistan. Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso died in a firefight with al-Qaida forces.
His death marks ten soldiers who’ve died this year in Afghanistan. Jasso was on his third deployment to the country.
Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso, 25, was wounded during a firefight with al-Qaida forces in Nimruz province. On Sunday, military officials in Kabul revealed that the sergeant was medically evacuated from the combat zone.
However, he later died from his injuries at a medical facility in Helmand province, according to the Pentagon. Jasso was a Leavenworth, Washington resident.
The U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan Saturday was identified as Sgt. Leandro Jasso, part of the Army's elite 75th Ranger Regiment and on his third deployment to the country, according to U.S. Special Operations Command. https://t.co/eIJE2YR3Y0 pic.twitter.com/hKZv90uZ5i— ABC News (@ABC) November 25, 2018
For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. The sergeant enlisted in the Army in 2012 and became an accomplished soldier.
He then completed the Basic Airborne Course and earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. Jasso also gained the coveted Ranger tab according to the US Army’s Special Operations Command.
In the statement Lt. Col. Rob McChrystal, commander of the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment said:
"Sgt. Jasso was a humble professional who placed the mission first, lived the Ranger Creed and will be deeply missed."
Gen. Scott Miller, a Resolute Support and US Forces - Afghanistan commanding general said:
"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.”
Heartfelt sympathies. So young, with so much left to give. Much appreciation for your service. God Bless— Susan Voce (@VoceSusan) November 25, 2018
A great number of the roughly 14,000 US military troops deployed to Afghanistan help assist NATO’s training and advising mission. A smaller group helps with the US’ separate counterterrorism mission.
Terrible tragedy. So young and just at the beginning of his adult life. RIP— Mary (@spunky2u) November 25, 2018
That mission aims to target groups such as al-Qaida and the local Islamic State affiliate. Since 2001, around 2,400 American military personnel have been killed in Afghanistan with fewer than 1,900 of them died in combat.
On September 3, a US service member was killed and another one wounded in an attack in eastern Afghanistan. A statement said the incident was an “apparent insider attack.”
At the time, the service member who died was the sixth American to be killed in Afghanistan this year.
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