The Watertown Daily Times is reporting that a fourth soldier in a week from Fort Drum has died in Afghanistan.
Pfc. John F. Kihm, 19, Philadelphia, Pa., served with the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment [and was killed on Tuesday.] Post officials have not yet released a cause of death or said whether it was combat related.
On Saturday, meanwhile, three soldiers were killed in a single attack, according to the newspaper.
The infantry soldiers, who served with the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, were attacked in Nimroz province Saturday by insurgents using an improvised explosive device, according to a division press release.
Earlier this month, Fort Drum commander spoke with NCPR’s David Sommerstein and other North Country reporters about the situation in Afghanistan. Hear David’s report here.
So what do you think? Do continuing casualties in Afghanistan raise questions about our long-term role and mission there? Is this simply the hard reality of war and a necessary sacrifice? Your thoughts and comments welcome.