Report: Fallen Army Ranger part of CIA program

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According to a new report, a local Army Ranger killed in Afghanistan was part of a secret CIA program.

Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Celiz was killed by enemy fire two weeks ago in the Paktiya province.

The Department of Defense says the 32 year-old Summerville native was conducting operations in support of a medical evacuation landing zone.

Politico reports that Celiz was shot while helping a wounded Afghan commando evacuate.    According to the news magazine, the commando also died.

Politico based its report on comments from three former special operations soldiers who knew Celiz.

Those soldiers say Celiz was part of a CIA program known as ANSOF, which helps hunt down militant leaders.

Celiz was posthumously awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, and the Purple Heart.

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