1 US troop killed in combat operation in eastern Afghanistan

1 US troop killed in combat operation in eastern Afghanistan
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One U.S. service member was killed and another injured during a combat operation in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, the U.S. military said.

Several Afghan security forces were also killed or injured, according to a statement from U.S. Forces-Afghanistan.

"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 in 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 wounded U.S. service member is in stable condition and was taken to Bagram Airfield’s hospital for treatment, according to the statement.

The identity of the service member who died is being withheld until 24 hours after next of kin is notified. 

The statement does not specify where in eastern Afghanistan the operation was, nor what the goal was.

In recent years, Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan has been the site of U.S. operations against the Afghan branch of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Monday was a particularly bloody day in Afghanistan, with a series of attacks in Kabul that killed dozens of people, including journalists and emergency workers who rushed to the scene after the first bombing. ISIS took responsibility for the attacks.

Separately, a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden van into a convoy of foreign forces near a mosque near Kandahar, killing 11 children. Eight Romanian soldiers who are part of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission were injured.

The United States has about 14,000 troops in Afghanistan on a dual mission of training, advising and assisting Afghan troops in their fight against the Taliban and conducting counterterrorism operations against groups such as ISIS and al Qaeda.