Afghan security personnel prepare for combat during a battle with Taliban militants in Helmand province on August 10, 2016 ©Noor Mohammad (AFP/File)
USA Today: U.S. servicemember killed in Afghan fighting, Pentagon says
WASHINGTON — An American service member was killed Tuesday in Afghanistan, the first combat casualty there since January, the military announced.
The attack on a patrol with a roadside bomb occurred in Helmand province where Taliban forces have been gaining ground against Afghan government security forces. The U.S.-led NATO coalition bolstering Afghan troops have scrambled in recent days to keep them from losing Helmand province, the restive area home to many Taliban members.
Another U.S. service member and six Afghan troops were also wounded in the attack.
About 100 U.S. troops were sent there Monday to train and advise Afghan forces who were struggling to control the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah.
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WNU Editor: More U.S. soldiers are being sent into the fight .... Over a hundred US troops sent to Lashkar Gah to battle Taliban (The Guardian).
More News On Reports Of A U.S. Serviceman Being Killed In Afghanistan
US service member killed in Afghanistan -- BBC
US soldier killed in anti-Taliban operation in Afghanistan -- AFP
US Soldier Killed in Southern Afghanistan -- AP
US Service Member Killed by Roadside Bomb in Afghanistan -- Military.com
Roadside bomb kills U.S. soldier in Afghanistan, coalition says -- Reuters
IED kills U.S. service member in Helmand province, Afghanistan -- UPI