Pentagon identifies soldier killed in Afghanistan

Pentagon identifies soldier killed in Afghanistan
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The Pentagon has identified the U.S. service member that was killed by a Taliban bombing earlier this week in Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Elis Barreto Ortiz, 34, of Morovis, Puerto Rico, was killed on Thursday when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Kabul, according to a Defense Department announcement on Friday.

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The Taliban has taken responsibility for the incident, which is under investigation.

Thursday's attack — which also killed a Romanian soldier and 10 civilians — was the third in a week in the country. The Taliban also claimed a suicide bombing on Tuesday in Kabul that killed at least 16 people and wounded more than 100.

Ortiz, who was assigned to the 82nd Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C., had been supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel. That operation is part of the NATO-led Operation Resolute Support.

The bombings come the same week that U.S. and the Taliban officials met for a ninth round of peace negotiations in Qatar.