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World Illinois service member ID’d as one of two killed in Afghanistan by IED

13:45  12 january  2020
13:45  12 january  2020 Source:   foxnews.com

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The other service member killed in the attack, for which the Taliban took immediate responsibility, has not yet been identified. “Tonight, the Aurora community mourns the heartbreaking loss of Miguel Vallalon, 21,” the post reads. “He was one of two U.S. service members who passed away today while serving in Afghanistan . A former student at East Aurora High School, Miguel was proud to serve in the United States Army.” Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin, who is an Army veteran, also commented on Villalon’s passing. “Our prayers and condolences are with the Villalon family during this tragic time

Two American service members were killed and two others were wounded Saturday morning by an improvised explosive device ( IED ) blast in southern Afghanistan , according to the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan . The two soldiers killed were identified on Sunday as Staff Sgt. Ian Paul McLaughlin of Newport News, Virginia, and Pfc. Miguel Angel Villalon of Joliet, Illinois . The two paratroopers were assigned to Company B, 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, according to a news release.

A 21-year-old soldier from Illinois has been identified as one of two U.S. military personnel killed Saturday in Afghanistan.

a close up of a map: An overnight roadside bomb killed two U.S. service members and injured two others in Afghanistan, officials say.© FoxNews.com An overnight roadside bomb killed two U.S. service members and injured two others in Afghanistan, officials say.

Miguel Villalon was in a vehicle that was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Kandahar province, according to a Twitter message posted by the City of Aurora.

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The other service member killed in the attack, for which the Taliban took immediate responsibility, has not yet been identified.

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The Pentagon says the two soldiers killed Saturday in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb were from Virginia and Illinois . On Sunday, military officials identified the casualties as 29-year-old Staff Sgt. Ian P. McLaughlin of Newport News, Virginia; and 21-year-old Pfc. Miguel A. Villalon of Joliet, Illinois . Both soldiers were assigned to 307th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The Pentagon says their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan 's Kandahar Province.

Two U.S. service members were killed and two others injured Saturday when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan , the Pentagon said in a statement. Military officials identified the two soldiers killed as 29-year-old Staff Sgt. Ian P. McLaughlin of Newport News, Virginia; and More than 2 ,400 U.S. service members have been killed in Afghanistan . Last year was the deadliest for U.S. service members since 2014, with 23 American troops killed , even as Washington engaged in peace talks with the Taliban. The latest attack seemed certain to stall fresh efforts to restart the

“Tonight, the Aurora community mourns the heartbreaking loss of Miguel Vallalon, 21,” the post reads. “He was one of two U.S. service members who passed away today while serving in Afghanistan. A former student at East Aurora High School, Miguel was proud to serve in the United States Army.”

Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin, who is an Army veteran, also commented on Villalon’s passing.

“Our prayers and condolences are with the Villalon family during this tragic time,” Irvin said in a statement, according to WBBM-TV of Chicago. “Miguel was a young soldier with dreams for the future and a desire to make a difference in the world today.

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A U.S. service member has died from wounds sustained today in an operation near Lashkar Gah in Helmand province in Afghanistan , the Pentagon confirmed. The service member was conducting "train, advise, assist" activities with Afghan counterparts when the patrol "triggered an improvised explosive device ," or IED , according to a news release from U.S. Forces Afghanistan . The Pentagon will not release the service member 's name until after next of kin are notified.

Two American service members are dead and two others were wounded after an improvised explosive device detonated on Saturday in southern Afghanistan . These are the first U.S. troops to die in America's longest-running war since the start of the new decade and come as tensions between But American military officials told Newsweek that the U.S. soldiers struck an improvised explosive device in the stretch of topography known as the ground defense area of Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan . The statement said the strike occurred during an operation that was a part of NATO's

“Much like all of us who have left from our hometown of Aurora to serve our country, our goal is to do our job well and return to our family and friends,” Irvin continued. “Sadly, Miguel made the ultimate sacrifice as he protected our freedom from the front lines. The City of Lights shines much dimmer because of this loss. We’ll stand with his family and provide support. Godspeed, young soldier.”

Saturday’s tragedy hit the Chicago area especially hard because just days earlier, Army Specialist Henry Mayfield Jr., 23, of Hazel Crest, Ill., was identified as the service member who was killed Jan. 5 in a terror attack against U.S. and Kenyan forces in Kenya.

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More than 2,400 U.S. service members have been killed in Afghanistan. Last year was one of the deadliest for the United States, with 23 American troops killed, even as Washington engaged in peace talks with the Taliban.

About 2,000 international forces are currently stationed in Afghanistan, focused on training and advising Afghan security forces, with a portion focused on counterterrorism, Stars and Stripes reported.

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