Cribben, of Simi Valley, Calif., was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group, at Fort Carson, Colo., and was just weeks into his third combat deployment when he was killed. The statement indicated that he arrived in Afghanistan in September, having previously deployed there and to Iraq as a military policeman.
He is the second Special Forces soldier killed recently in Logar province. Chief Warrant Officer Jacob Sims, 36, died in a helicopter crash on Oct. 27. A Black Hawk helicopter pilot, Sims was assigned to the Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Six other American troops were wounded in what the Pentagon described as an accident unrelated to enemy fire.
The Trump administration has sought a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan and recently approved an increase of about 4,000 U.S. troops, bringing the total deployed there to 13,500. Officials also have renewed efforts to court Pakistan and India for help countering militant activity in the region.