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US soldier killed in Afghanistan amid operations against Islamic State

10 April 2017

The military has not yet released any details of the circumstances surrounding the soldier's death nor released any details of the operator's identity.

An American soldier supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel in Afghanistan was killed in action in the eastern part of that country on April 8, a USA official announced.

An American special forces soldier has been killed while conducting operations against the Islamic State group in Afghanistan, the USA military said.

A United States soldier was killed Saturday while conducting operations in Afghanistan against ISIS-Khorasan, the local branch of ISIS there.

US officials say intelligence suggests Islamic State is based overwhelmingly in Nangarhar and neighboring Kunar province.

An American soldier was killed in action during an operation against ISIS-Khorasan in Afghanistan, according to Navy Captain Bill Salvin, a spokesman for U.S. Forces-Afghanistan.

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The service member was not identified as the Pentagon notifies his next-of-kin.

Since then, Afghan forces have led most counter-terrorism operation across the country.

The soldier is the first combat-related fatality in Afghanistan in 2017.

United States officials believe the group has 700 fighters in the country but their Afghan counterparts estimate the number could be about 1,500.

Ten U.S. servicemembers were killed in hostile situations in Afghanistan in 2016, according to the website icasualties.org, which tracks those numbers.

US soldier killed in Afghanistan amid operations against Islamic State