15 February 2014

Pentagon: Insider Threat in Afghanistan More Dangerous than Ever | RallyPoint.com

By Jon Harper
Copyright 2014 Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON — The two Americans who were killed Wednesday by Afghan soldiers were members of the Special Forces, the Army announced Friday.

Spc. John Pelham. 22, of Portland, Ore., and Sgt. First Class Roberto Skelt, 41, of York, Fla., were assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) based at Fort Bragg, N.C. Their battalion was deployed to Kapisa province.

Pelham and Skelt were part of a small team of ISAF advisers who were with their Afghan counterparts at the Tagab District Center when two individuals wearing Afghan National Army uniforms opened fire on them with machine guns. Pelham and Skelt were fatally wounded before the shooters were killed by coalition forces, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters.

The Associated Press reported that four other ISAF members were wounded.

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