A U.S. service member died Thursday after being wounded in a combat mission in eastern Afghanistan, a particularly dangerous part of the war-torn country, according to U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Public Affairs.
The special operations soldier sustained critical injuries during operations in Paktia province, according to the New York Times. Several members of the Afghan security force were also killed or wounded during the mission that ultimately cost this U.S. service member his life. The Department of Defense will withhold the name of the fallen until 24 hours after the notification of next of kin.
This is the second death of a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan in a week and the fourth U.S. combat death this year.
Thursday’s death follows that of Army Cpl. Joseph Maciel, who was killed in an “insider attack” in central Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said in a statement. (RELATED: Afghan Soldier Kills Army Serviceman In Insider Attack)
A U.S. service member was killed in a “combat engagement” in Nangarhar province in January. Four others were wounded in the fight. Another U.S. service member died in April, and another was wounded, Fox News introduced after Maciel’s death.
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