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U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan anti-Islamic State operation

By Andrew V. Pestano
U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan anti-Islamic State operation
A U.S. service member was killed on Saturday in Afghanistan during operations against the Islamic State. The U.S. Department of Defense will not reveal the identity of the deceased until after notifying next of kin. File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

April 9 (UPI) -- U.S. Forces Afghanistan said a U.S. special operations soldier died during an operation against the Islamic State in the eastern Nangarhar Province.

USFOR-A said the operation targeting the Islamic State's Khorasan Province branch occurred in Nangarhar's Achin district on Saturday.

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"On behalf of all U.S. Forces - Afghanistan, I offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of our fallen comrade," USFOR-A commander Gen. John W. Nicholson said in a statement. "We will always remember our fallen comrades and commit ourselves to deliver on their sacrifice."

The U.S. Department of Defense said it would withhold the identity of the solider until the notification of next of kin.

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