US troops in Afghanistan abandoned equipment and weapons when they came under fire from ISIS on July 25, a Pentagon spokesperson acknowledged Tuesday, according to CNN.
Over the weekend, when photos distributed by ISIS's Amaq news agency surfaced, showing what appeared to be US military equipment, the Pentagon said, "We think much of the equipment was likely lost during recent operations."
Tuesday, Brig.-Gen. Charles Cleveland said US troops were forced to abandon their position when they came under fire.
"For understandable reasons, the lives of the soldiers were not put at risk to recover the equipment," Cleveland told CNN. "Neither US positions or personnel were overrun."
That led to ISIS obtaining some of their equipment and the identification card of US Army specialist Ryan Jay Larson. At first, the terrorist group claimed they had captured Larson, but US commanders quickly determined the soldier was with his unit at all times and had lost his card during the firefight.
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