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U.S. Soldier Killed in Anti-IS Operations in Afghanistan

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A U.S. soldier has died as a result of wounds sustained during combat operations against ISIS-Khorasan in Achin district of Nangarhar province, officials said.

“The soldier was mortally wounded late Saturday during an operation in Nangarhar Province” in eastern Afghanistan, U.S. Navy Captain Bill Salvin said in a message on the official Twitter account of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission.

Apparently, the soldier was the first U.S. soldier casualty in Afghanistan in 2017 for the Resolute Support mission.

In 2016, nine American service members were killed in action in Afghanistan as part of the mission.

The Islamic State militants also known as Daesh is widely active in Nangarhar and neighboring Kunar province of Afghanistan and usually carrying out attacks against the Afghan forces.

U.S. officials estimate that the terrorist organization have about 700 fighters in Afghanistan while Afghan officials say the number reaches to 1,500.

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