Fourth U.S. service member dies from Afghanistan IED attack

A fourth U.S. service member died Sunday after being injured by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in November. File Photo by Jawad Jalali/EPA-EFE

Dec. 4 (UPI) — The Department of Defense announced Monday the death of a fourth U.S. service member injured by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan last week.

Sgt. Jason Mitchell McClary, 24, died Sunday in Landstuhl, Germany, due to injuries sustained from the IED while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Andar district, Ghazni province, Afghanistan, on Nov. 27.

McClary, of Export, Pa., was assigned to 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

Two other soldiers, Army Capt. Andrew Patrick Ross, 29, of Lexington, Va., and Army Sgt. 1st Class Eric Michael Emond, 39, of Brush Prairie, Wash., and Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan J. Elchin, 25, of Hookstown, Pa., were killed in the explosion and two others were injured.

The Resolute Support Mission, with about 13,000 troops, has trained and advised Afghan military forces for three years, and the Taliban said it targeted foreign invaders in claiming credit for the attack.

The Defense Department has been investigating the incident.


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