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Ohio soldier killed fighting ISIS in Afghanistan, may have been friendly fire

Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas, 23, who was assigned to Company D, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, and stationed at Fort Benning. (Provided, U.S. Special Operations Command) Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas, 23, who was assigned to Company D, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, and stationed at Fort Benning. (Provided, U.S. Special Operations Command)
Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers, 22, who was assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, and stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia. (Provided, U.S. Special Operations Command) Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers, 22, who was assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, and stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia. (Provided, U.S. Special Operations Command)
Kettering, OH (FOX19) -

A soldier from Kettering, Ohio is one of the two soldiers killed this week while fighting the Islamic State in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Friday.

Sgt. Cameron Thomas, 23, died Thursday while taking part in a raid targeting ISIS fighters in Nangarhar Province, where the military dropped its most powerful conventional weapon nicknamed “the mother of all bombs” two weeks ago.

Also killed in the raid was Sgt. Joshua Rodgers, 22, of Bloomington, Illinois. Both Rodgers and Thomas were operating with 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment of Fort Benning, Georgia. The Pentagon is still investigating the incident. 

Both soldiers were on their third deployment in Afghanistan. 

The military is investigating their deaths as a potential friendly fire incident, according to a report from Army Times and CNN. Defense officials have no suspicion this was a so-called "green on blue" incident, meaning the friendly fire would have been incidental. 

Details on the damage caused by the “mother of all bombs” remain scarce. Defense officials have not detailed the extent of damage caused to underground tunnels in the region ISIS was allegedly using to transport money, weapons and personnel. Afghan officials said 36 ISIS fighters were killed in the strike, but that number has been revised to about 100.

Nangarhar province, a very remote region of the country, remains an active combat zone. It’s one of nearly a dozen provinces on the eastern border Afghanistan shares with Pakistan, the region that sees some of the heaviest fighting.

Spring typically marks the deadliest time in Afghanistan. The Taliban announced on Friday the start of their yearly spring offensive, according to the Associated Press. Earlier this week, 140 Afghan soldiers were killed when Taliban fighters slipped into their base in the northern part of the country, according to U.S. Central Command.

As of Friday, 2,385 Americans have died in Afghanistan since the war started, according to the DoD. 

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