Soldiers pile out of helicopter in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, on Oct 4.
On Saturday, a USA military spokesman said on Twitter, that a U.S. solider was killed while conducting operations against the Islamic State in Afghanistan late Saturday.
The soldier's name hasn't been announced and no other information has been released. Those operations are sometimes carried out in conjunction with Afghan forces.
It is thought that in Afghanistan, the Sunni jihadist group is mostly based in Nangarhar and neighbouring Kunar province.
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The Taliban, the insurgent group that has fought the United States and the Afghan government since 2001, has also routinely clashed with the Islamic State. Selvin added that since the start of 2017, the Pentagon had carried out more than 450 strikes against the Islamic State in Afghanistan and had killed more than 200 militants. It is the first USA combat fatality in Afghanistan this year.
The soldier's death was confirmed today (8 April) by US Navy Captain Bill Salvin, who told Reuters a special forces operator had been killed.
Ten U.S. servicemembers were killed in hostile situations in Afghanistan in 2016, the last three as the result of suicide bomb attack during a Veterans Day 5K run at Bagram Air Field in November.