Fifth Local Soldier Killed in One Week

By: News Email
By: News Email

A soldier from Niceville was one of two U.S. military members killed Thursday during protests in Afghanistan.

Army Sergeant Joshua Born, 25, had been deployed just over a month. Born graduated from Niceville High School and joined the Army in 2007. Born was serving his first deployment and had been in Afghanistan since January.

Sergeant Born and Timothy Conrad, 22, of Roanoke, Virginia died Thursday after an Afghan soldier shot them during continuing protests over the burning of Qurans at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan.

The anger continues despite apologies from U.S. officials, including President Obama. The protestors attacked shops, government buildings and a United Nations compound.

Two more U.S. servicemen were killed during the protests when they were shot in the back of the head Saturday. Their identities have not been released.

In the aftermath of the killings, the top commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan has withdrawn all NATO advisors and staff working at Afghan ministries in and around Kabul for what he called "force protection reasons."

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