US Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

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A spokesman for U.S. Forces in Afghanistan said that the soldier was part of an operation against ISIS-Khorasan, a branch of the Islamic State operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The soldier's death was confirmed today (8 April) by US Navy Captain Bill Salvin, who told Reuters a special forces operator had been killed.

The soldier's name and unit were not released, pending notification of next-of-kin.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

The soldier died of wounds sustained during a joint mission with Afghan forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar.

In total, 2,217 US soldiers have died in Afghanistan since the invasion in 2001 and another 20,000 wounded, according to the Pentagon.

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The Afghan and United States forces based in Afghanistan regularly conduct counter-terrorism operations against the ISIS loyalists in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. Those operations are sometimes carried out in conjunction with Afghan forces.

"On behalf of all of U.S. Forces - Afghanistan, I offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of our fallen comrade", Gen. John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said in the statement.

In a news conference last week, Salvin said the goal of the US counterterror mission in Afghanistan for 2017 was to eliminate the remaining Islamic State-affiliated pockets.

Despite their losses, the ISIS loyalists have claimed responsibility for high-profile attacks throughout the country, including the storming of Afghanistan's largest military hospital in Kabul, which killed dozens last month.

This comes a day after the U.S announced it will deploy 1,500 soldiers from Alaska to Afghanistan later this year, the U.S Army announced Friday.

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