Pentagon identifies US soldier killed in suicide car bomb attack in Afghanistan

(CNN)The Pentagon announced Friday that Sgt. 1st Class Elis Angel Barreto Ortiz, was killed Thursday in Afghanistan. According to a statement from the Army, Barreto joined the service in 2010 and is a recipient of the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star Medal Barreto is the 16th US service member to be killed in Afghanistan in 2019, and three other American service members have been killed in recent weeks. A Romanian soldier was killed in the same bombing as Barreto, the NATO-led coalition announced in a statement. The Romanian Ministry of Defense identified the soldier as 38-year-old Cpl. 3rd Class Ciprian-Stefan Polschi. “Appalled by the terrorist attack in Afghanistan, in which a Romanian soldier lost his life, the second attack …