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Soldier from California killed in Afghanistan in attack by insurgents

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An Army soldier from California has been killed in Afghanistan during an attack by insurgents, the Department of Defense announced Wednesday.

Chief Warrant Officer Edward Balli, 42, of Monterey, Calif., was killed Monday in Kandahar province from wounds inflicted by small-arms fire.

Balli, an expert in drone operations, was on his third deployment to Afghanistan and had also deployed twice to Iraq, according to the Monterey Herald.

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He had been in the Army for 15 years and was looking forward to retirement soon. He is survived by his wife and three children, according to the Herald.

Balli was assigned to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, U.S. Army Europe, in Vilseck, Germany.

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