US service member killed in Afghanistan

By REUTERS
November 4, 2017 22:06
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KABUL, Nov 4 - A US service member was killed in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, the military said, without giving details of his identity or the circumstances of his death, which occurred as American forces have stepped up operations against the Taliban.

A statement from US Forces Afghanistan Command in Kabul said the service member had died of wounds sustained during operations in Logar, the eastern province where another service member was killed last week after a helicopter crash.

"Despite this tragic event, we remain steadfast in our commitment to the Afghan people and to support them in our mutual fight against terrorism," Gen. John Nicholson, the top US commander in Afghanistan said in the statement.

The latest death comes after President Donald Trump ordered a boost in the number of US troops assisting Afghan forces against the Taliban as part of a new strategy to try to break the stalemate with the insurgents.

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