USA military member killed in Afghanistan

US service member killed in Afghanistan

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AN American soldier has been killed and four others wounded during a "combat engagement" in Afghanistan. The fighting took place in Nangahar province's Achin district, a mountainous region near the Pakistan border.

There was a U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan during a "combat engagement" on New Year's Day.

Two of the wounded service members were in stable condition at a medical treatment facility.

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Four other troops were wounded during the New Year's Day firefight in the Nangarhar province, the military said, but the Pentagon didn't immediately provide any other details.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own", said Gen. John Nicholson, the top commander of USA forces in Afghanistan.

There are now about 14,000 USA troops stationed in Afghanistan to help the country's military battle the Taliban and ISIS. The name of the service member killed was being withheld as family members were notified. As we have reported, "the recent commitment of about 3,000 additional troops will bring the total number of USA service members in Afghanistan to between 14,000 and 15,000", according to the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction.

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At least 78 ISIS militants were killed in US-led airstrikes in Nangarhar today, the Afghanistan-based Khaama Press reported.

American and Afghan special forces troops have been carrying out secret missions against ISIS in the province, the Times reported in September. The others were able to go back into service.

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