Two U.S. Special Forces Soldiers have been identified as the two servicemen who died during operations in the Kunduz district, Kunduz Province, Nov. 3, 2016.

Capt. Andrew D. Byers, 30, and Sgt. 1st Class Ryan A. Gloyer, 34, succumbed to wounds. Both Soldiers were with the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Fort Carson, Colorado.

The service members came under fire during a train, advise and assist mission with our Afghan partners to clear a Taliban position and disrupt the group’s operations in Kunduz district.

“The two service members killed and the four who suffered injuries were with Afghan forces as part of our train, advise and assist mission,” Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said. “Our service members were doing their part to help the Afghans secure their own country while protecting our homeland from those who would do us harm.”. On this difficult day, please keep their families, friends and teammates in your thoughts and prayers.”

Afghan officials said they were involved in heavy fighting yesterday in the village of Buz Kandahari, about 5 km (3 miles) from the center of Kunduz, which Taliban fighters succeeded in entering as recently as last month, according to Reuters.

Two senior Taliban commanders targeted in the raid were also killed, along with 63 other insurgents, Kunduz police chief Gen. Qasim Jangalbagh said. He said Afghan special forces carried out the raid and that he did not have any information about NATO involvement in the assault.

Byers, a native of Rolesville, North Carolina, had more than eight years of service in the Army. This was his third deployment. His awards include: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3), Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with campaign star), Iraq Campaign Medial (with campaign star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon.

Gloyer, a native of Greenville, Pennsylvania, had more than 11 years of service in the Army. This was his fourth deployment. His awards include: Bronze Star Medal (with valor device) Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (3), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with campaign star) (3), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Nato Medal (2).

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