Army Ranger Killed in 'Friendly Fire'

November 28, 2018

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Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso, 25, died November 24 in Afghanistan.

(Courtesy of Department of Defense)


According to ABC News, a US Army Ranger's death in Afghanistan this weekend while fighting al Qaeda militants was likely the result of accidental friendly fire from the Afghan forces he was accompanying.


"An initial review indicates Sgt. Jasso was likely accidentally shot by our Afghan partner force, said a statement from Resolute Support, the name for the NATO mission in Afghanistan. "There are no indications he was shot intentionally."


Sgt. Leandro Jasso was killed Nov. 24 in Nimroz Province in western Afghanistan during a joint US-Afghan assault on al Qaeda positions.


Jasso, 25, was a member of the Army's elite 75th Ranger Regiment and was on his third deployment to Afghanistan. 


An Army carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Sgt. Leandro Jasso Nov. 26, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Jasso, 25, of Leavenworth, Wash., died Nov. 24, 2018, during combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. (Patrick Semansky/AP)


Resolute Support had initially said that he had been killed in close combat and had later died from his wounds after being medically evacuated.


He is the 10th U.S. service member to be killed in Afghanistan this year and the second in November.


The US currently has approximately 14,000 service members training and assisting the Afghan government in their fight against extremist groups.

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