KABUL – The United States Department of Defense announced Saturday night the names of the of the two soldiers killed in Afghanistan on Friday.
Both soldiers died March 22, 2019, in Kunduz Province, as a result of wounds sustained while engaged in combat operations. The incident is under investigation.
Spc. Joseph P. Collette, 29, of Lancaster, Ohio. Collette was assigned to the 242nd Ordnance Battalion, 71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group, Fort Carson, Colorado.
Sgt. 1st Class Will D. Lindsay, 33, of Cortez, Colorado. He was a husband and father of four girls, was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), according to the official.
Throughout his time in the military, Lindsay – who enlisted in the Army in 2004 – was deployed to Iraq, Tajikistan and Afghanistan.
The fatalities bring the number of U.S. service members killed so far this year in Afghanistan to four, according to the Associated Press.
More than 2,400 U.S. troops have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001. Thirteen troops died there in 2018.
There are about 14,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the force split between troops advising local forces in their fight against Taliban militants and counterterrorism forces fighting elements of al Qaeda and ISIS. However, the Pentagon stopped reporting the number of troops deployed during the beginning of the Trump administration.
U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad ended talks earlier this month with the Taliban without resolution. Draft agreements, according to Khalilzad’s tweets, would see U.S. troops withdraw from the country and guarantees that Afghanistan would not harbor terrorist groups. The Afghan government was not part of talks held in Doha, Qatar because the Taliban refuse to to negotiate with the US backed-elected government of Afghanistan.