Taliban leaders have seized the opportunity to spin the hand-off of NATO forces to Afghan Security Forces, into a “Victory for the Taliban” propaganda campaign. RT reported yesterday, “The Taliban promised to continue its fight ‘for the establishment of a pure Islamic system by expelling the remaining invading forces unconditionally.’” As of Dec. 28, 2014, the fight against the Taliban will go on without the world’s largest fighting force at the helm.
While both sides claim victory, families in America mourn the losses of over 2,200 service members who paid the ultimate price fighting the Global War on Terror. Big Press refuses to acknowledge troop losses by name. Today, the National Military News Examiner continues the list of those who died around the globe in 2014. The following names and unit affiliations are published from information released by the Department of Defense. Yesterday’s list can be found here.
On April 28, 2014, Pfc. Christian J. Chandler, 20, of Trenton, Texas, died in Logar Province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light), Fort Drum, New York.
Sgt. Shawn M. Farrell II, 24, of Accord, New York, also died April 28, in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light), Fort Drum, New York.
U.S. Forces suffered heavy losses in May. Pfc. Daniela Rojas, 19, of Los Angeles, California, died May 3, in Homburg, Germany, due to a non-combat related illness. She was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.
Chief Warrant Officer Deric M. Rasmussen, 33, of Oceanside, California, died May 11, in Mazar-e-Sharif. Following the September 11th attacks in the United States, Mazar-e-Sharif was the first Afghan city to fall to the U.S.-backed Northern Alliance. CWO Rasmussen died as the result of a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the Company C, 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas.
Command Sgt. Maj. Martin R Barreras, 49, of Tucson, Arizona, died May 13, in San Antonio Military Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, from wounds suffered on May 6, in Harat Province. Enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.
Spc. Adrian M. Perkins, 19, of Pine Valley, California, died May 17, in Amman, Jordan, from a non-combat related injury. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado. Another Soldier has been charged in the shooting death of Spc. Perkins.
A helicopter crash on May 28, in Kandahar Province took the life of Pfc. Jacob H. Wykstra, 21, of Thornton, Colorado. He was assigned 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.
These warriors were laid to rest by families who sacrificed the most in support of the Global War on Terror.