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2 U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Two U.S. Army soldiers were killed Thursday in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said.

Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange, 30, of Hickman, Nebraska, and Pfc. Keith M. Williams, 19, of Visalia, California, were killed by an IED in Mirugol Kalay in Kandahar Province, the DOD said.

Also on Thursday, Pfc. Donnell A. Hamilton, 20, of Kenosha, Wisconsin, died at Brooke Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, from an illness sustained in Ghanzi Province in Afghanistan.

With combat operations in Afghanistan ending this year, President Barack Obama announced he plans for almost 10,000 American troops to remain in the country in 2015 if the Afghan government signs a security agreement.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recently brokered an agreement between the nation’s two presidential candidates — Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani — to accept the outcome of an audit of the recent election. Preliminary results from the June runoff showed Ghani in the lead, but Abdullah alleged massive election fraud.

The inauguration of the new president, originally scheduled for the first week of August, will be postponed while the votes are recounted.

Violence still flares. On July 15, a car bomb exploded in a busy market in eastern Afghanistan, killing more than 40 people, officials said, in what is said to be the deadliest attack in the country this year.

5 comments

  • Robbie

    In 2001 Bush sent troops to Afghanistan to overthrow the Taliban government and kill bin laden. One out of two ain’t to bad for that commander and idiot. Of course Obama got bin laden.
    My heart goes out to the families who have lost loved ones defending our country.

    • manalishi

      After your lovers Rules Of Engagement doubled the casualty rate, your commies heart enjoys it. Traitor.

      • Robbie

        I guess that means that well over 50% of Americans are traitors right Maniblowme? I mean after all, Mittens Romney’s sons never served a second defending this country which to you makes them patriots I guess. Why don’t you quit posting on here loser. Go someplace where you’re the woman. Like lying in your bed with blow up doll W watching Faux news. This site is for people with IQs above Bush’s. You don’t qualify!

  • Johnnie G

    Afghanistan..graveyard of Empires. The Brits and Russians fround out.
    Get out of that Shole… NOW.
    In less than 5 years it will be the same as before, maybe even worse.

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