US solider killed in combat mission against Daesh
KABUL(Pajhwok) A US service member died as a result of wounds sustained Tuesday during operations against the Islamic State or Daesh militant group in Achin district of eastern Nangarhar provinc, the US military said.
“The service member was killed conducting operations with Afghan forces when the patrol triggered an Improvised Explosive Device,” the military said in a statement.
The mission was conducted as part of a larger United States-Afghan counter terrorism mission targeting the Islamic State, Khorasan, the statement added.
“An investigation is being conducted to determine the exact circumstances of the event,” the statement said.
"On behalf of all of US Forces - Afghanistan, we are heartbroken by this loss and we extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the service member," said General John W. Nicholson, commander of USFOR-A.
"Despite this tragic event, we remain committed to defeating the terrorists of the Islamic State, Khorasan Province and helping our Afghan partners defend their nation." Gen Nicholson added.
It was the third US fatality in Afghanistan this year, according to iCasualties.org, which tracks combat deaths.
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