John W Perry
November 12, 2016
Killed by an improvised explosive device in Bagram, Afghanistan.
|Statement by Secretary Ash Carter on Bagram Air Base Explosion
I am deeply saddened to learn that an explosion early this morning at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan has resulted in U.S. casualties. An apparent suicide bomber has taken the lives of two U.S. service members and two U.S. contractors working on the base. The explosion wounded 16 other U.S. service members and one Polish soldier participating in our NATO mission. I want to express my sincere condolences to the families of the fallen, and I want to reassure the loved ones of those injured that they are getting the best possible care. Force protection is always a top priority for us in Afghanistan, and we will investigate this tragedy to determine any steps we can take to improve it. For those who carried out this attack, my message is simple. We will not be deterred in our mission to protect our homeland and help Afghanistan secure its own future.
|From The Daily Mail dailymail.co.uk 11/15/16
Pictured: The two U.S. soldiers killed by an IED at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan during Veterans Day 'fun run'
Two soliders killed at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan have been identified
Private first class Tyler R. Iubelt, 20, of Tamaroa, Illinois, and sergeant John W. Perry, 30, of Stockton, California, died in the IED attack
Four Americans were killed Saturday preparing for Veterans Day fun run
US Embassy says it will be 'closed for routine services' following attack
The two soldiers and two contractors were killed on airfield near Kabul
Taliban claimed responsibility for attack that was planned for four months
By KALHAN ROSENBLATT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 19:28 EST, 15 November 2016 | UPDATED: 10:37 EST, 16 November 2016
Two U.S. soldiers killed in an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan have been identified by the Department of Defense on Monday.
Private first class Tyler R. Iubelt, 20, of Tamaroa, Illinois, and sergeant John W. Perry, 30, of Stockton, California, died from injuries sustained in the blast on Saturday.
Two American contractors were also killed in the explosion.
Additionally, 16 service members and a polish soldier were injured.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack and said the blast was executed by a suicide bomber who worked inside the base.
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said it had been planning the attack for four months.
Former Taliban member Qari Enayatullah had joined the peace process in 2008 and had been an employee at Bagram.
It is unknown what he did or how long he had worked at the airbase, district governor Haji Abdul Shokor Qudosi told the BBC.
After the attack, Enayatullah's relatives were detained and his home was raided by Afghan security forces.
An investigation is ongoing as the attack is considered a major security breach of one of the most protected places in the country.
Rockets being fired at the Bargram Airbase is a regular occurrence and the insurgent group often attacks from the outside perimeter.
Fox News reported that Iubelt and Perry were assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas
Iubelt, who attended Tamaroa Grade School in Illinois, was remembered for his 'quick wit and a twinkle in his eye, the school's Facebook page said.
Iubelt had graduated from the school in 2011.
'We are so proud of him for his willingness to leave his family and community to serve our country.
'We mourn his loss and the loss felt by his family and friends,' the post said.
Friends of Iubelt's were in disbelief when they learned of his death.
Matthew Doerflein, a close friend of Iubelt's said: 'No one could believe it in such a small community that something like that would happen.'
Vice President Joe Biden was present when Iubelt's body landed in Delaware on Tuesday.
The US Embassy in Afghanistan closed following the deadly attack on an American military base.
In a statement late Saturday, the embassy says it will be 'closed for routine services' Sunday 'as a temporary precautionary measure.'
The unusual decision came after the four Americans were killed on Saturday at Bagram, which is approximately 30 miles north of the Afghan capital, Kabul.
The explosion occurred around 5.30am local time as military personnel and others were gathering for a 'fun run' organized in conjunction with Veterans Day, according to NBC News.
Two days earlier, insurgents attacked the German Consulate in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, killing six people and wounding more than 100.
The US Embassy in Kabul regularly warns Americans against travel to Afghanistan, where a Taliban-led insurgency is in its 16th year.
The insurgency has become more virulent since most international combat troops withdrew in 2014.
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