US Soldier Killed in Afghanistan, Others Wounded

During a joint operation between the US military and Afghan forces, a US Service Member was killed in a battle against IS. Several other soldiers, both US and Afghan, were wounded and evacuated for treatment. The operation was intended to further weaken and undermine the IS Syria-Khorasan presence in Afghanistan.

The identity of the US soldier has not yet been released as family members are being sought for notification. This brings the tally of US deaths in Afghanistan to 11 for 2017; the number reached 10 in 2016. Earlier this month, on August 2, two US soldiers were killed in Kandahar Province in southern Afghanistan; four others were injured during the attack.

The same day, Specialist Christopher Harris, 25, and Sgt. Jonathon Hunter, 23, both in the 82nd Airborne Division, died when their convoy was attacked by a suicide bomber.

Currently, there are 8,400 US troops serving in Afghanistan.

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