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US soldier killed during combat in Faryab

US soldier killed during combat in Faryab

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Jul 15, 2019 - 11:14

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok):  A US Special Forces soldier was killed during combat operations in Afghanistaninfo-icon, the Department of Defense said on Sunday.

Sgt. Maj. James "Ryan" Sartor, 40, was killed in northwestern Faryab province due to injuries sustained from enemy small arms fire, the department said in a statement.

The Teague, Texas, native was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, and was in Afghanistan as part of Operation Freedom's Sentinel when he was killed.

The incident is under investigation, the statement said.

"We are incredibly saddened to learn of Sgt. Maj. James 'Ryan' Sartor's passing in Afghanistan," The 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) said on Facebook.

"Ryan was a beloved warrior who epitomized the quiet professional. He led his soldiers from the front and his presence will be terribly missed."

He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star medals.

A fortnight ago, two US servicemen were killed in central Uruzgan province by small arms during combat.

More than 2,400 US soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since the United State invaded the country in 2001.

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