Defense

US Soldier Killed In Afghanistan Saturday

An unnamed U.S. soldier was killed Saturday afternoon during operations in Logar Province, Afghanistan.

Operation Resolute Support, the U.S. mission in Afghanistan, released a statement Saturday saying that one service member died of wounds during an operation in Logar Province. Notably, however, the statement did not say whether or not he was killed because of contact with enemy forces.

“On behalf of U.S. Forces – Afghanistan, we offer our deepest condolences to the family of our fallen brother,” said Army Gen. John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. “Despite this tragic event, we remain steadfast in our commitment to the Afghan people and to support them in our mutual fight against terrorism.”

The Pentagon has not released any identifying information on the soldier killed, as it will follow the usual procedure of notifying next of kin first.

This soldier’s death Saturday marks the second casualty in just over a week in Logar Province. Last Friday, Army pilot Jacob Sims of 4th Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, was killed from wounds sustained during a helicopter crash. He was just 36 years old. The Pentagon is still investigating his death. Six others were wounded in the crash. The Taliban claimed the day after that it had taken out an American helicopter, but the U.S. military stated the helicopter crash was not the result of enemy activity.

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