Pentagon IDs soldier killed in Afghanistan

Pentagon IDs soldier killed in Afghanistan
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The Pentagon on Wednesday identified the soldier killed in a New Year’s Day firefight in eastern Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Mihail Golin, 34, of Fort Lee, N.J., died Monday in Nangarhar province in what U.S. Forces Afghanistan previously described as a “combat engagement.”

Wednesday’s news release from the Pentagon elaborated that Golin was killed by enemy small arms fire while on a dismounted patrol.

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In addition to Golin, four U.S. service members were injured in the incident. The military said Tuesday that two were being treated and in stable condition, while the other two had already returned to duty.

The incident is under investigation, Wednesday’s release added.

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerKavanaugh returns questionnaire to Senate panel Booker calls on Kavanaugh to recuse himself on Trump-related cases Anti-Trump protesters hold candlelight vigil by White House MORE (D-N.J.), who first identified Golin as the victim in a statement Tuesday, expressed his condolences.

“Let us honor Sergeant Golin's extraordinary courage by reflecting on his commitment to the nation he loved, and by recognizing the profound debt of gratitude we owe to him and to his family for their sacrifice,” Booker said in the statement. “I extend my deepest condolences to Sergeant Golin's family and friends during this very difficult time, and my thoughts and prayers are with the soldiers injured in this tragic incident.”

Golin was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colo., according to the release.

U.S. military operations in Nangarhar over the last couple of years have focused on routing the Afghanistan branch of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) from the remaining districts it holds. Most of 2017’s U.S. combat deaths in Afghanistan occurred in Nangarhar.

The United States has about 14,000 troops in Afghanistan on a dual mission of training, advising and assisting Afghan troops in their fight against the Taliban and conducting counterterrorism operations against groups such as ISIS and al Qaeda. 

That number includes the approximately 3,000 troops sent to the country after President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff: Surveillance warrant docs show that Nunes memo 'misrepresented and distorted these applications' Chicago detention facility under investigation following allegations of abuse of migrant children Ex-Trump aide: Surveillance warrants are 'complete ignorance' and 'insanity' MORE announced his new Afghanistan strategy over the summer.