Pentagon Identifies Two Special Ops Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan Ambush

The Department of Defense DOD has identified the slain Americans as:

Sgt. 1st Class Javier Jaguar Gutierrez, 28, of San Antonio, Texas.

Sgt. 1st Class Antonio Rey Rodriguez, 28, of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Both have been posthumously promoted and both were assigned to the 3rd Batallion, 7th Special Forces Group.

Both were just 28 years old.

WashingtonExaminer reports the Pentagon identified two U.S. Army special operations forces soldiers killed in an ambush Saturday in Afghanistan.

According to a Defense Department statement, the two soldiers were Sgt. Javier Jaguar Gutierrez of San Antonio, Texas, and Sgt. Antonio Rey Rodriguez of Las Cruces, New Mexico. Both men were 28 years old.

The deadly firefight took place in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, where U.S.-Afghan coalition forces are working to clear the area of the Taliban.

Col. Sonny Leggett, a spokesman for the U.S. military in Afghanistan, said early reports indicated Gutierrez and Rodriguez died after “an individual in an Afghan uniform opened fire on the combined U.S. and Afghan force with a machine gun,” said Col. Sonny Leggett, a spokesman for the U.S. military in Afghanistan.

Six other U.S. soldiers were wounded in the attack. Afghanistan’s defense ministry said one Afghan soldier was killed and three others were wounded in the attack.

“Afghan commandos and U.S. forces were visiting an Afghan army base for an operation. After initial greetings, one of the commandos opened fire with a machine gun,” said Ajmal Omar, deputy head of the area’s provincial council. “There was fear of a second shooter also, so they disarmed everyone at night.”

The gunman’s motive is under investigation, according to Leggett.

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