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3rd American Killed In Afghan Insider Attack Was Female Soldier

Maj. Jaimie E. Leonard

The third American killed when an Afghan soldier turned his gun on his trainers has been identified by the Pentagon as Maj. Jaimie E. Leonard, 39, of Warrick, New York.

Leonard was killed in the same insider attack as Army Lt. Col. Todd Clark and civilian law enforcement professional Joseph Morabito, as Home Post reported earlier this week.

According to Newsday, Leonard was a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

During her time as a intelligence officer in the Army, she was deployed to Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. She was awarded two Bronze Stars, two Meritorious Service Medals, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, according to Newsday.

Leonard is survived by her five siblings.

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Avatar for user 'NeilBaker'

NeilBaker | June 12, 2013 at 10:48 a.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

I've been warned it's politcally incorrect and that it's just part of my latent cultural sexism but war casualties disturb me even more when they're women.
Not only do I think women should be absent from the war, I think men should be absent also.
Especially this war because this war is built on a pack of the most disgraceful lies centered mainly on the unconfronted deceptive events of September 11, 2001.
I still have difficulty getting my mind around the outrageous fact that Americans chose to fling their sons and daughters into tragic war without first insisting on the independent, fully funded and fully empowered 9/11 investigation.
And even though it's still not too late to conduct such an imperative investigation, deranged Americans still most often childishly address the challenge with either culpable silence, filthy hurled epithets or tired ad hominem attacks.
I'm almost through reading "Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year" by David Von Drehle and the author does a good job of describing what seems like mass insanity.
It's easy to ask, "were we insane?"
It's easy to ask, "are we insane?"
Please demand the long-overdue independent, fully funded and fully empowered 9/11 investigation. I think retired Army General Antonio Taguba and retired Navy Admiral William Fallon would make excellent co-chairs of the imperative investigation. TRUTH fears no question.

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Avatar for user 'Alex_Grebenshchikov'

Alex_Grebenshchikov | June 12, 2013 at 11:35 a.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

I've also been warned that this is politically incorrect - I do not think women should be fighting in wars, and I add no qualifiers to that statement to soften it.

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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | June 12, 2013 at 3:50 p.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

Sad. Another soldier killed in vain. All that time, effort, and money put into education and training wasted for no good reason.

So very sad that a working dog was killed, too. Soldiers choose to go to war, but dogs are forced. Terrible.

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