The Pentagon said on Monday that they had identified the two U.S. soldiers who were killed in an apparent insider attack in Afghanistan.

In a statement released by The Department of Defense, 20-year-old Pfc. Brandon Jay Kreischer of Stryker, Ohio, and 24-year-old Spc. Michael Isaiah Nance of Chicago were said to die “as a result of wounds sustained in a combat-related incident” on Monday in Tarin Kowt, located in the southern part of Afghanistan.

Col. Arthur Sellers, Commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team praised the two young men for “their selfless service and courage as they answered our nation’s call to deploy to Afghanistan.”

The department said they are now focusing on “providing their loved ones with every available resource to help them in this most difficult time.”

Both soldiers were assigned to the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

According to the Pentagon, Kreischer joined the Army in June 2018 and completed Basic Combat Training, Advanced Individual Training and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga. before being assigned to 1-505th PIR as a rifleman. 

The 20-year-old’s awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Basic Parachutist Badge.  He is survived by his wife in Fayetteville, N.C.

Nance joined the Army in the first month of 2017 and completed Basic Combat Training, Advanced Individual Training and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga. before being assigned to 1-505th PIR as an automatic rifleman.

His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Basic Parachutist Badge, Fox News reported.  He is survived by his father in Chicago and mother in Glenwood, Illinois.

With their deaths, 12 American service members have now been killed in Afghanistan this year, almost the same number 13 for all of 2018.

The recent killings come after eight rounds of U.S. led peace talks with the Taliban in Qatar to wind down the U.S. war.

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