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Three Fort Bragg Special Forces soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Three Special Forces soldiers from Fort Bragg died Wednesday in Afghanistan after enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device in Helmand province.

A statement by the Department of Defense identified the soldiers as Sgt. 1st Class Bradley S. Bohle, 29, of Glen Burnie, Md.; Sgt. 1st Class Shawn P. McCloskey, 33, of Peachtree City, Ga.; and Staff Sgt. Joshua M. Mills, 24, of El Paso, Texas.

The three were assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

They were conducting a mounted patrol in the Afghan city of Ghur Ghuri in support of combat operations when they were attacked, according to biographical information provided by U.S. Army Special Forces.

Family members declined to comment or could not be reached Thursday night.

Bohle, a Special Forces medical sergeant, was serving his second deployment to Afghanistan. Like McCloskey and Mills, he deployed for this tour of duty in July as a member of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan.

Bohle had also deployed twice to the Philippines.

A Baltimore native, he enlisted in the Army in 1998 as an information systems operator. Three years ago, Bohle decided to pursue the goal of becoming a Special Forces soldier by attending the Special Forces Selection and Assessment.

In March 2008, he earned the coveted Green Beret as a Special Forces medical sergeant.

Bohle's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

McCloskey, a Special Forces intelligence sergeant, was in his third deployment to Afghanistan. Previously, he served a deployment to Colombia.

A native of Hudson, N.Y., McCloskey grew up in Peachtree City, Ga. He enlisted in the Army in January 2002 as a Special Forces candidate, completing the qualification course in May 2004 to earn the Green Beret as a Special Forces engineer sergeant.

McCloskey's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

Mills was a Special Forces communications sergeant.

A Texas native, Mills enlisted in the Army in 2005 as a Special Forces candidate before earning the Green Beret in March of that year.

The Army Service Ribbon, Global War on Terror Ribbon, NCO Professional Development Ribbon and National Defense Service Ribbon are among his awards and decorations.

Bohle is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; and three daughters, Breanna, Jocelyn and Braelyn of Sanford; and parents, Donald and Linda Bohle of Marydel, Md.

McCloskey is survived by his wife, Jessica; daughter, Katie, and son, Collin, all of Raeford; and parents, Patrick and Kathryn McCloskey of Fayetteville, Ga.

Mills is survived by his wife, Magen, and son, Malaki, of Raeford; and parents, Tommy and Celeste Mills of El Paso, Texas.

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Sad. What is our objective in Afghanistan now? Are we herding cats?

The heck if I know.

What I do know is that unless we do something to stop the endless waves of insurgents coming into the country from Europe, North Africa and Asia we're never going to get out of there. One soldier I talked to described it as a literal shooting gallery. I guess the Taliban gives whoever wants to die for Allah minimal training, a gun and sends them out there to get slaughtered.

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What happened to all the anti-war crowd? They sure did care about our boys dying while a republican was in office. :rolleyes:

Any human being with an IQ over his shoe size is anti-war. But I think what you are perhaps calling the anti-war crowd was the anti-Iraq war crowd. I understood the invasion in Afghanistan as they were harboring Bin Laden and made virtually no bones about it. Still, I am not sure what we can do there now as they are such a fractured country anyway there is no consensus. We all hate all boys dying in war wherever they are....and not just our boys.

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Any human being with an IQ over his shoe size is anti-war. But I think what you are perhaps calling the anti-war crowd was the anti-Iraq war crowd. I understood the invasion in Afghanistan as they were harboring Bin Laden and made virtually no bones about it. Still, I am not sure what we can do there now as they are such a fractured country anyway there is no consensus. We all hate all boys dying in war wherever they are....and not just our boys.

True, but we are still in Iraq yet you hear nothing from them anymore. Regardless, I think you are correct. Not much reason to be in Afghanistan at this point if there ever was one to begin with.

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True, but we are still in Iraq yet you hear nothing from them anymore. Regardless, I think you are correct. Not much reason to be in Afghanistan at this point if there ever was one to begin with.

I think we all know that you can't pull out every last soldier overnight and that there is a strategy to get out of Iraq in place. I've said all along that the tragedy of Iraq was once you went into it would be unconscionable to just up and leave them in a state of utter chaos. We should have never gone in, IMO, but once we did we owed it to them and any prayer we had of salvaging any national dignity to try to leave it halfway patched up. Obama faces all the same problems Bush did and he also faces problems that Bush created. Bush wasn't wrong about everything but he will be forever known for his push to go into Iraq and that is one big fat turd floating in the punch bowl.

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I think we all know that you can't pull out every last soldier overnight and that there is a strategy to get out of Iraq in place. I've said all along that the tragedy of Iraq was once you went into it would be unconscionable to just up and leave them in a state of utter chaos. We should have never gone in, IMO, but once we did we owed it to them and any prayer we had of salvaging any national dignity to try to leave it halfway patched up. Obama faces all the same problems Bush did and he also faces problems that Bush created. Bush wasn't wrong about everything but he will be forever known for his push to go into Iraq and that is one big fat turd floating in the punch bowl.

I don't think its going to make any difference at this point weather we leave tomorrow or 5 years from now.

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