US service member killed in Afghanistan

US service member killed in Afghanistan

A U.S. service member was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday, according to a statement from the NATO-led Resolute Support mission. 

Eight U.S. service members have died in combat this year in Afghanistan, the statement notes. 


The name of the service member will be released at a later time, Debra Richardson, a spokesperson for Resolute Support in Afghanistan, told Reuters.

More than 2,400 U.S. forces have died in the 17-year-old war, Reuters notes. The war is America's longest conflict. 

U.S. service members in Afghanistan are primarily focused on supporting Afghan troops fighting the Taliban. 

The Taliban rejected a peace deal from the U.S. last week, which would set an April 2019 deadline to end the war. 

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A spokesperson for the Pentagon declined to comment further on the service member's death to The Hill.

-- Updated 12:37 p.m.