Army Staff Sergeant Identified as IED Casualty in Afghanistan

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The Pentagon has identified a soldier killed in an explosion Tuesday in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Adam S. Thomas, 31, of Takoma Park, Md., was on foot patrol supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel in Nangarhar province when an improvised explosive device, or IED, detonated, said a Pentagon statement issued Wednesday.

Thomas, assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) out of Fort Carson, Colo., was on a counter-terror mission with Afghan National Defense Security Forces against the Islamic State of Iraq and a Syria affiliate called Islamic State-Khorasan Province, said Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook. The affiliate has gained a foothold in eastern Nangarhar province, he said. Thomas and the patrol were in a "combat situation," said Cook, who added there was no indication that Thomas had been specifically targeted for the blast. More than 2,200 U.S. service members have died in Afghanistan since 2001, according to a Department of Defense tally.

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