US soldier killed in action in Afghanistan

Miranda GreerApr 10, 2017

U.S. Forces Afghanistan said a U.S. special operations soldier died during an operation against the Islamic State in the eastern Nangarhar Province.

In a tweet issued Saturday, a spokesman for USA forces in Afghanistan said the soldier was mortally wounded during an operation in the Nangarhar Province.

A member of the U.S. special forces has been killed while taking part in an operation against Islamic State in Afghanistan.

"More information will be released as it is appropriate", he said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

The service member was not identified as the Pentagon notifies his next-of-kin.

A US military official separately told CNN the fallen service member is a special operations soldier. Those operations are sometimes carried out in conjunction with Afghan forces.

The operation was part of the NATO-led Resolute Support, a mission against ISIS-Khorasan, a branch of the Islamic State.

It is the first USA combat fatality in Afghanistan this year.

Last month three American troops have sustained injuries when an Afghan soldier opened fire on them in the southern province of Helmand, the first known "insider attack" on worldwide forces this year.

The increased raids by USA forces follow a broader role granted to them by the Obama administration earlier past year, a step which was taken amid concerns that the ISIS affiliates are attempting to expand foothold in Afghanistan and turn Nangarhar into their regional operational base.

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