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Boats 11-25-2018 11:55 AM

DoD Identifies US Army Ranger Killed In Afghanistan Over Thanksgiving Weekend
DoD Identifies US Army Ranger Killed In Afghanistan Over Thanksgiving Weekend
By: ADAM LINEHAN on November 25, 2018

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Sgt. Leandro Jasso of Leavenworth, WA - US Army soldier KIA on 11-24-18

The Department of Defense has identified a U.S. Army soldier killed in action in Afghanistan on Nov. 24 as Sgt. Leandro Jasso of Leavenworth, Washington.

Jasso, 25, died “as a result of wounds sustained while engaging enemy forces in Khash Rod District, Nimruz Province,” the DoD said in a statement.

U.S. Army Special Operations Command told Task & Purpose in a separate statement that Jasso “was wounded by small arms fire while conducting combat operations” and “was immediately treated and medically evaluated to the nearest medical treatment facility, where he died of his wounds.”

Jasso enlisted in the Army in August 2012 and was assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington at the time of his death. This was his third deployment to Afghanistan.

“Sgt. Jasso was a humble professional who placed the mission first, lived the Ranger Creed and will be deeply missed,” said Lt. Col. Rob McChrystal, commander of 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

Jasso was the second American service member killed in Afghanistan this month and the 10th to die in the country this year.

About 14,000 U.S. troops are currently serving in Afghanistan. 8,745 are assigned to the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission to train, advise, and assist Afghan security forces. The rest are mostly Special Operations forces conducting counterterrorism operations against al Qaeda, ISIS-K, and their local affiliates.

A report released earlier this month by the Lead Inspector General for Operation Freedom’s Sentinel concluded that coalition forces and their local allies have made no measurable progress in Afghanistan over the past year. 35 percent of the Afghan population lives beyond government control or influence.

Nearly 1,900 American service members have been killed in action in Afghanistan since 2001.

About the writer: Adam Linehan is a senior staff writer for Task & Purpose. Between 2006-2012, he served as a combat medic in the U.S. Army, and is a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan.


Personal Note: In behalf of the family we send our respects to Sgt. Leandro Jasso's Family & Friends for their loss.


Boats 11-25-2018 12:02 PM

Pentagon Names U.S. Soldier Who Died From Wounds After Battle In Afghanistan
Pentagon Names U.S. Soldier Who Died From Wounds After Battle In Afghanistan
By: AP,AFP, Reuters, and dpa - 11-25-18

2nd posting on Sgt. Leandro Jasso;

The Pentagon has named a U.S. soldier who died on November 24 in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand and confirmed that the soldier had been critically wounded during a firefight against "enemy forces" in a neighboring province.

In a statement issued on November 25, the Pentagon said 25-year-old Army Ranger Sergeant Leandro Jasso sustained his fatal wounds during combat in the Khash Rod district of Nimruz Province.

He died after being evacuated to the Garmsir district of Helmand Province, where U.S. forces operate an expanded forward operations base known as Camp Dwyer and a smaller military installation known as Camp Garmsir.

Jasso was the ninth U.S. soldier to die in Afghanistan in 2018.

Some 14,000 U.S. soldiers are currently serving in Afghanistan, where the United States and NATO formally concluded their combat mission in 2014.

The remaining Western forces mainly train and advise the Afghan security forces, which have been struggling against attacks from a resurgent Taliban and other militant extremist groups.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said earlier in November that 58 Americans had been killed in Afghanistan since the start of 2015 when Afghan troops took over primary responsibility for Afghanistan’s security.

During the same period since the withdrawal of most NATO combat troops from Afghanistan, Ghani said nearly 29,000 Afghan police and soldiers have been killed -- a figure far higher than anything previously acknowledged by the government in Kabul.

Personal note:

Once again the members of the send their respects to the Family and Friends of Sgt. Leandro Jasso US Army.


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