US soldiers killed in Afghanistan were from Ohio, Colorado, Pentagon says

The Pentagon has identified two soldiers killed Friday in Afghanistan’s Kunduz Province, according to CNN.

The soldiers have been identified as Spc. Joseph Collette, 29, of Lancaster, Ohio, and Sgt. 1st Class Will Lindsay, 33, of Cortez, Colo., according to the network.

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Collette and Lindsay were killed during an operation with Afghan forces, several of whom were also killed, U.S. defense officials told CNN, adding that initial indications suggest the soldiers were killed during a fight with Taliban forces.

Lindsay enlisted in the Army in 2004, earning the Purple Heart and Bronze Star and serving tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan, CNN  noted.

"Will was one of the best in our formation, with more than a decade of service in the Regiment at all levels of noncommissioned officer leadership. We will focus now on supporting his Family and honoring his legacy and sacrifice," Col. Lawrence Ferguson, commander of the 10th Special Forces Group, said in a statement, according to the network.

Collette, who married in December before his first overseas deployment to Afghanistan, had planned a full ceremony upon his return to the U.S., which was scheduled for this summer, his wife, Caela Collette, told Stars and Stripes. He joined the army in 2010, according to the publication.

The deaths, announced Friday, bring the number of U.S. fatalities in Afghanistan to four in 2019.