Afghanistan : High valued US soldiers killed in a failed attack against Taliban

The Pentagon has identified two US soldiers killed in Afghanistan while involved in combat operations against Taliban on Friday in Kunduz Province.

The men were identified Saturday as Spc. Joseph P. Collette, 29, of Lancaster, Ohio, and Sgt. 1st Class Will D. Lindsay, 33, of Cortez, Colorado. Collette was assigned to the 242nd Ordnance Battalion, 71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group, and Lindsay was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Both were based at Fort Carson, Colorado.

Both US soldiers died in Kunduz Province as a result of wounds sustained in combat operations. The military said the incident is under investigation.

Sources said that the two soldiers were injured before dying later in a failed landing attack against Taliban in Kunduz Province, northern Afghanistan.

The fatalities bring to four the number of U.S. soldiers killed so far this year in Afghanistan. The deaths underscore the difficulties in bringing peace to the war-ravaged country.