U.S Soldier Killed In Helmand Operation

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One U.S service member died as a result of wounds sustained during operations near Lashkargah city in Helmand province on Tuesday, a press release issued by the Resolute Support mission said.

According to the press release, another U.S member was wounded and is currently in stable condition.

The press release said six Afghan soldiers were also wounded in the operation.

“On behalf of all of U.S Forces –Afghanistan, as well as Resolute Support, our deepest sympathies go out to the families and friends of those involved,” said General John W. Nicholson, commander of U.S forces and Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan.

“We are deeply saddened by this loss, but remain committed to helping our Afghan partners provide a brighter future for themselves and their children,” Nicholson added.

The service member was killed conducting train, advice and assist activities with Afghan counterparts under NATO authorities when their patrol triggered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), the statement said, adding that an investigation is being conducted to determine the exact circumstances of the event.

U.S Department of Defense Policy is to withhold the identity of the service member pending next-of-kin notification, the press release added.

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