The Department of Defense announced today the death of nine soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died of wounds suffered when their outpost was attacked by small arms fire and rocket propelled grenades from enemy forces in Wanat, Afghanistan, on July 13. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy.

 

Killed were:

 

1st Lt. Jonathan P. Brostrom, 24, of Hawaii.

 

Sgt. Israel Garcia, 24, of Long Beach, Calif.

 

Cpl. Jonathan R. Ayers, 24, of Snellville, Ga.

 

Cpl. Jason M. Bogar, 25, of Seattle, Wash.

 

Cpl. Jason D. Hovater, 24, of Clinton, Tenn.

 

Cpl. Matthew B. Phillips, 27, of Jasper, Ga.

 

Cpl. Pruitt A. Rainey, 22, of Haw River, N.C.

 

Cpl. Gunnar W. Zwilling, 20, of Florissant, Mo.

 

Pfc. Sergio S. Abad, 21, of Morganfield, Ky.

 

I knew this was coming and was very sad to see it today. I was surprised by the number of Corporals that were killed in the battle of Wanat. Even though this was sad to see today, it was sickening for me to see that ISAF pulled out of the combat outpost that these guys died on just days after they were killed and before their bodies are even home.  ISAF had our paratroopers pull out and let the enemy take over the outpost. The enemy will no doubt use this as a propaganda opportunity to show how they scared the big and bad United States Army.

This makes me think that maybe Bill Clinton is in charge of ISAF, as this is déjà-vu from 1993 and Somalia.