Non-Combat Death of U.S. Soldier in Afghanistan Under Investigation
A U.S. Army soldier died in southern Afghanistan last Friday from a non-combat related injury. According to the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), the incident is under investigation.
On the day of the incident, the U.S./NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) reported that an ISAF “service member died as a result of a non-battle-related injury in southern Afghanistan.”
ISAF did not provide the identity or nationality of the deceased soldier. It was the only fatality reported by ISAF on Jan. 17.
The following day, on Jan. 18, DOD identified the ISAF soldier as 22-year old U.S. Army Spc. Andrew H. Sipple of Cary, NC.
Spc. Sipple died in Kandahar City, Kandahar “from a non-combat related incident under investigation,” reported the Pentagon. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
His death brings the number of U.S. military fatalities in Afghanistan this year to at least six.
According to a DOD tally, as of Jan. 17 there have been at least 2,170 American deaths in Afghanistan in the course of the war, which started more than 12 years ago on October 7, 2001. Most U.S. war fatalities have been combat-related.