US Military Confirms Killing of Soldier in Eastern Afghanistan

US Military Confirms Killing of Soldier in Eastern Afghanistan

One U.S. service member was killed and four others were wounded in a combat engagement in Achin district of eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar on Monday, the coalition forces said Tuesday.

Two of the injured soldiers are now receiving treatment at a local medical centre, and are said to be in a stable condition. The others were able to go back into service.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own", said Gen. John Nicholson, commander of USA forces in Afghanistan.

Officials did not disclose which branch of the military the troops were from, and no information was available yet.

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Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) identified the fallen soldier as Army Sgt. 1st Class Mihail Golin of Fort Lee, New Jersey. President Donald Trump past year announced plans to strengthen the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, signing off on a modest surge of several thousand more USA troops tasked primarily with conducting counterterrorism missions and training Afghan security forces. "We continue to apply increased military pressure on ISIS-K, forcing their movement from their front-line positions". US troops and Afghan allies have been fighting Islamic State militants in the area for two years, he adds.

An estimated 14,000 USA service members are now based in Afghanistan, according to ABC News. Seven of the 11 killed in combat died in Nangahar province. He was a member of the 19th Special Forces Group. US officials had hoped by the end of a year ago to defeat the group, known as ISIS-Khorasan province, or ISIS-K. That same day, Nicholson also criticized Pakistan for not doing more to stop militants from crossing its borders and entering Afghanistan.

"Remember most of these Daesh fighters came from Pakistan", Nicholson said, using an alternate name for ISIS.

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