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Fatality in Kandahar attack identified as 2nd Cavalry Regiment soldier

The Defense Department has identified the soldier killed in Monday’s attack on an American military base in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province as Chief Warrant Officer 2 Edward Balli.

Balli, 42, of Monterey, Calif., was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, based in Vilseck, Germany. He was killed in a coordinated attack involving a car bomb and insurgents dressed in military uniforms, armed with explosive vests. All eight attackers were killed in the resulting battle with base security forces, according to local and coalition officials.

The warrant officer’s death marks the eighth American casualty in Afghanistan this year and brings the number of U.S. casualties since 2011 to 2,168, according to an Associated Press report published on Tuesday.

This was the fourth deployment for Balli, who had been in the Army for 15 years, according to a release from U.S. Army Europe.

Balli is survived by his wife, Kristy, his mother and three siblings and will be interred at the Presidio of Monterey cemetery, according the Monterey County Herald.

darnell.michael@stripes.com

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