US Service Member Dies In Non-Combat Related Incident In Afghanistan

Hanna Bogorowski | Reporter

The NATO Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan announced Friday that an American solider died in Afghanistan in a non-combat related incident.

The incident occurred Thursday and is currently under investigation, the statement reads, but no additional details were provided.

The service member’s identity will be withheld until 24 hours after the fallen’s family members are notified, as is Department of Defense policy.

This death marks a particularly deadly couple of weeks for the U.S. military in Afghanistan, with five soldiers killed in November alone. (RELATED: Three US Service Members Killed In Afghanistan Bombing)

The U.S. and NATO formally ended their combat mission in the country in 2014. However, troops continue to provide support to Afghan security forces. There are around 14,000 American security forces currently in Afghanistan, The Associated Press reported.

The remains of another solider killed in the seemingly never-ending war were returned home to Pittsburgh Wednesday.

Staff Sgt. Jason McClary’s casket was escorted home by a train of state and local police and the motorcycle group the Patriot Guard Riders, according to the AP.

McClary, 24, was one of six soldiers hit by an improvised explosive device on Nov. 27 in the eastern Ghazni province.

Three soldiers were killed in this attack and three others were wounded.

McClary’s family told KDKA that all he wanted to do was join the Army and overcame being denied entry twice for medical reasons.

“He went straight for infantry,” said McClary’s mother, Jo Lynn Maiolie. “He said, mom, I want to be on the front lines. I want to see all the action.”

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