An American service member was killed in a joint combat operation with Afghan forces in eastern Afghanistan, two U.S. officials told Fox News on Thursday, making the soldier the second American service member killed in action there since Saturday.
The Pentagon is expected to issue a statement and is withholding the slain service member’s identity until next of kin notifications are completed.
It’s not immediately clear what caused the U.S. casualty, but an official told Fox News that an Afghan soldier was also killed and “several” others were wounded.
Four U.S. service members have been killed in action in Afghanistan this year after 11 died in 2017.
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Update #1: US service member killed in Afghanistan, 2nd within week (The Hill)
Update #2: US service member killed in Afghanistan; 2nd in 6 days (USA Today/AP)
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