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Body of soldier from New Jersey killed in Afghanistan returns to US

Body of soldier from New Jersey killed in Afghanistan returns to US 1
KABUL, Afghanistan (WABC) — It was a somber Christmas morning for the family of an American soldier from New Jersey.

The remains of Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Goble of Washington Township, who was killed in Afghanistan, arrived Wednesday at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

The 33-year-old was killed in a roadside bombing Monday.

Goble was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

Goble’s unit was engaged in combat operations in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan, when he suffered fatal injuries, the Pentagon said.

Multiple U.S. officials, including National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien and Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, attended Wednesday what the military calls a dignified transfer in which the cases containing the remains are transferred to a vehicle from the aircraft that ferried them to the United States.

Twenty U.S. deaths have been recorded in Afghanistan this year. There have also been three noncombat deaths in 2019. More than 2,400 Americans have died in the nearly 18-year conflict.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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