Nangahar casualty release
4 Oct 2016
KABUL, Afghanistan (Oct. 4, 2016) — One U.S. service member died as a result of wounds sustained during operations in Achin district, Nangarhar province today.
"On behalf of all of U.S. Forces – Afghanistan, we are heartbroken by this loss and we extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the service member," said Gen. John W. Nicholson, commander of USFOR-A. "Despite this tragic event, we remain committed to defeating the terrorists of the Islamic State, Khorasan province and helping our Afghan partners defend their nation."
The service member was killed conducting operations with Afghan forces when the patrol triggered an improvised explosive device. The mission was conducted as part of a larger United States-Afghan counter terrorism mission targeting the Islamic State, Khorasan. 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. We will release additional information as appropriate.
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