The identities of the two Army Rangers killed fighting the Islamic State in Afghanistan on Thursday were revealed by the Department of Defense on Friday, as were details indicating the possibility that their deaths may have been the result of friendly fire.

According to a Pentagon press release, Sergeant Joshua P. Rodgers, 22, of Bloomington, Illinois, and Sergeant Cameron H. Thomas, 23, of Kettering, Ohio were the two Rangers killed during a raid on an ISIS compound in the Achin District of Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan.  Both soldiers hailed from 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, out of Fort Benning, Georgia.

The mere loss of two highly trained American heroes would be tragic enough, but a statement made by Defense Department spokesman, Navy Captain Jeff Davis, to the New York Times indicated that Rodgers and Thomas may have actually been killed by friendly fire.

According to reports, the raid on the ISIS compound began just after 10:30PM local time and saw participation from as many as fifty American Army Rangers and an additional forty Afghan commandos.  The assault force was met with heavy resistance right from the outset, and both Rangers were killed in the initial minutes of what developed into a fierce three-hour firefight.  Air support was called in during the raid from AC-130 gunships, Apache attack helicopters and F-16 fighters, according to Davis.