dglobalnews.com US Soldier Killed In Afghanistan, According To Resolute Support
Published: Sun, April 09, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

US Soldier Killed In Afghanistan, According To Resolute Support

US Soldier Killed In Afghanistan, According To Resolute Support

Soldiers pile out of helicopter in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, on Oct 4.

An American soldier was killed in action in Afghanistan Saturday, Navy Capt. Bill Salvin, spokesperson for the U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, said in a statement.

Smoke rises from the site of a blast and gunfire between Taliban and Afghan forces in Kabul, Afghanistan March 1. It is home to the militants that took on both the Taliban and Afghan government.

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It is thought that in Afghanistan, the Sunni jihadist group is mostly based in Nangarhar and neighbouring Kunar province. The circumstances of the death were unclear and Salvin said more information could be released later. A USA military official told CNN the service member is a special operations soldier. In December, the spokesman for US forces in Afghanistan, Brig. This is the first United States combat death in Afghanistan in 2017. More than 1,800 US troops have died in combat in Afghanistan since 2001, according to Pentagon statistics.

American troops have been assisting Afghan forces battling the regional branch of ISIS, known as Islamic State-Khorasan Province, since early past year when the USA designated the group a foreign terrorist organization.

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