A U.S. service member was killed in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, the U.S. military said, without giving details of his identity or the circumstances of his death.
The U.S. command in Afghanistan said the service member died of injuries sustained during an operation in Logar province in the eastern part of the country. The military didn’t release the service member’s identity or any details about the circumstances of the death.
“On behalf of U.S. Forces – Afghanistan, we offer our deepest condolences to the family of our fallen brother,” said Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. forces in the country. “Despite this tragic event, we remain steadfast in our commitment to the Afghan people and to support them in our mutual fight against terrorism.”
Although most U.S. troops are not in combat, the new strategy will give them greater authority to engage the Taliban and will involve some acting as advisers at brigade and battalion level, bringing them much closer to the front line.