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US service member killed in combat in Afghanistan

Soldiers from Task Force Stalwart, which is compromised of Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, pose for a group photo, March 28, 2018, in a post in the outskirts of Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jasmine L. Flowers/2nd IBCT UPAR)
April 30, 2018

A U.S. service member has been killed in action in eastern Afghanistan during a combat operation, U.S Forces Afghanistan said on Monday.

Another American service member was wounded, but is now in stable condition at Bagram Air Base. Several Afghan troops were also killed.

“My thoughts and those of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan are with the families and friends of our fallen and wounded service members,” Gen. John Nicholson, Commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan, said in a statement. “Their valiancy in battle, and that of the brave Afghan partners they fought alongside, will endure in our hearts and history.”

The service member’s identity has not been released yet, pending notification of next of kin.

No further details were available at this time.

This is only second American service member killed in Afghanistan this year.

On New Year’s Day, Sgt. 1st Class Mihail Golin, a 10th Special Forces Group operator, was killed in a small arms fire engagement in Afghanistan.