Taliban attack against Afghan and American forces has gone up substantially over the last couple of months. Taliban insurgents who control more than one third of Afghanistan have taken control of several districts not just in Southern Afghanistan, but close to Panjshir Valley, where they previously enjoyed no support base.
The insurgents who have gained upper hand after massive cuts in US and NATO troops presence in the South Asian nation, usually attack government and US troops and other government installations and have created havoc in recent months. At the height of US and NATO deployment in Afghanistan, there were more than hundred thousand US troops in Afghanistan. But the number has dwindled to around 13000 troops. This has impacted effective deployment and action against not just Taliban but also Islamic States that has tried to spread its tentacles there.
In the meantime the Pentagon has identified two members of the US forces who lost their lives in a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan Wednesday. The two have been identified as Sgt. Jonathon M. Hunter and Spc. Christopher M. Harris. 23-year old Sgt. Jonathon M. Hunter of Columbus, Ind. And 25-year old Spc. Christopher M. Harris of Jackson Springs, N.C. lost their lives in the vicious Taliban attack near Kandhar.
Pentagon has said that the two were infantrymen associated with the 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. It was both paratroopers’ first deployments. In a statement, Col. Toby Magsig, commander of 1st Brigade Combat Team, said the entire brigade is “deeply saddened by the loss of two beloved team members.”
Sgt. Jonathon M. Hunter had got his first deployment in the army and Hunter’s father, Mark Hunter, was quoted by the Associated Press as saying that his son was only 32 days into his deployment. He said his son joined the Army in 2014.
Hunter’s father, while talking about his son said that he had got married very recently. “He had been there 32 days. I’m former military, me and his uncle both, so we know the dangers…If you were down, he would cheer you up and he was God-loving. He was raised in the church,” he said.
In a statement released to the media, later, his family said, “Jonathon loved his unit and serving his country and was excited about the opportunity to go to Afghanistan to do his part in fighting injustice.”
It is strange that the Jonathan wanted to be a music director. After graduating from Columbus East High School in 2011, he went to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue his dream of becoming a music producer before he enrolled Indiana State University in Terre Haute, where he studied criminology and business.