FORT BRAGG – The war in Afghanistan is the longest war in the history of the United States of America. Even as the U.S. attempts to negotiate a resolution with the Taliban, fighting continues among multiple parties, and it is exceedingly difficult to make distinctions between enemies and friends. The latest tragic example of this difficulty befell two Fort Bragg paratroopers when an Afghan soldier shot and killed them by surprise.
“[…] The officials say the soldier gunned them down on Monday. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak on the record about details that have not yet been made public.
U.S. Central Command has confirmed that two U.S. troops were killed.
Monday afternoon, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg announced that two soldiers who died were paratroopers.
“It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the loss of two paratroopers from the brigade during combat operations,” Col. Art Sellers wrote in a website announcement.
U.S. Central Command says additional information is being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete. […]”
As we pray for the families of these paratroopers, many will likely wonder if our continuing military engagements in Afghanistan are worth it. After nearly two decades of fighting, the Taliban are still in a position of strength, overrunning district centers and effectively calling the shots in whole provinces of that country. Between the Taliban and ISIS and other Islamist forces, deadly attacks are happening every single day.
A total of 14 American service members and at least two defense contractors have been killed in Afghanistan so far in 2019.
Attacks like this one, by insiders, have happened time and again, resulting in American deaths. If our nation’s finest are to offer their lives in defense of our country we owe it to them and their families to more seriously consider if continued involvement in situations like Afghanistan are truly in our interest.