Washington Post: U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan in an operation targeting ISIS
A U.S. service member was killed Tuesday in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province during an operation against the Islamic State, defense officials said.
The death occurred in Nangarhar’s Achin district, a few miles from the Pakistan border. Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., the senior U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said it happened during a “larger United States-Afghan counterterrorism mission targeting the Islamic State, Khorasan” — a reference to the group’s Afghan branch.
“On behalf of all of U.S. Forces – Afghanistan, we are heartbroken by this loss and we extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the service member,” Nicholson said. “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.”
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