Pentagon identifies two special operations forces soldiers killed in Afghanistan ambush

The Pentagon identified two U.S. Army special operations forces soldiers killed in an ambush Saturday in Afghanistan.

According to a Defense Department statement, the two soldiers were Sgt. Javier Jaguar Gutierrez of San Antonio, Texas, and Sgt. Antonio Rey Rodriguez of Las Cruces, New Mexico. Both men were 28 years old.

The deadly firefight took place in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, where U.S.-Afghan coalition forces are working to clear the area of the Taliban.

Col. Sonny Leggett, a spokesman for the U.S. military in Afghanistan, said early reports indicated Gutierrez and Rodriguez died after “an individual in an Afghan uniform
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