U.S. Goes One Year Without Combat Deaths in Afghanistan

U.S. Goes One Year Without Combat Deaths in Afghanistan

For once, some good news is coming out of Afghanistan.

According to the New York Post, Monday marked the U.S. going an entire year without a single combat death in the country we’ve had a presence in since 2001.

A year has passed since the last US service member was killed in combat in Afghanistan — the first such stretch since the war started almost 20 years ago, a report said Tuesday.

The last two Americans who died in battle in the country — Army Sgts. 1st Class Javier Gutierrez and Antonio Rodriguez — were slain on Feb. 8, 2020, Stars and Stripes reported.

During his final months in office, President Donald Trump aggressively moved to reduce America’s presence in Afghanistan and Iraq. In mid-January U.S. troop presence was reduced to 2,500 in both Iraq and Afghanistan (for 5,000 total remaining).

Trump also ordered the withdrawal of nearly all U.S. troops from Somalia in December (which was complete by mid-January), and tried to withdrawal 12,000 troops from Germany, but Biden froze that.


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