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Sgt Leandro Jasso – Army Ranger Killed in Afghanistan 2018

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Sgt Leandro Jasso, 25, an Army Ranger, was the second US soldier to die in Afghanistan in November. Fox reported that he was killed in a firefight with Al-Qaeda as they were attempting to eliminate them from the area.The Department of Defense news release stated:

Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso, 25, from Leavenworth, Washington, died Nov. 24, 2018, in Garmsir District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, as a result of wounds sustained while engaging enemy forces in Khash Rod District, Nimruz Province, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.

Jasso was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

UPDATE: The Army says that St Jasso died from friendly fire by an Afghan partner, according to the Army Times.

Jasso was a team leader, and was on his third deployment to Afghanistan. He was there in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

The Army Times reported,

A native of Leavenworth, Washington, Jasso enlisted in the Army in August 2012, according to USASOC. After completing initial entry training and airborne school, he successfully completed the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program and was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

His awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Expert Infantryman Badge.

β€œSgt. Jasso was a humble professional who placed the mission first, lived the Ranger Creed and will be deeply missed,” said Lt. Col. Rob McChrystal, commander of 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, in a statement.

The incident is under investigation, according to the news releases, though some are questioning the official information. They say that Nimruz is not the normal area where OFS operates. But it is highly unlikely that any further information on the operation will be released to the public.

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