USA soldier killed in Afghanistan


U.S troops in Afghanistan are split between two missions - NATO's Resolute Support mission to advise Afghan security forces and the separate Freedom's Sentinel, the U.S counter-terrorism operation against the remnants of al-Qaeda; an emerging offshoot of Daesh; and other terrorists groups.

"The soldier was mortally wounded late Saturday during an operation in Nangarhar province", Capt. Bill Salvin, a spokesman for the USA forces in Afghanistan, said. "We will always remember our fallen comrades and commit ourselves to deliver on their sacrifice".

USA officials say intelligence suggests Islamic State is based overwhelmingly in Nangarhar and neighboring Kunar province.

Eliminating ISIS in Afghanistan is USFOR-A's "primary focus" this year, according to spokesman Bill Slavin, who spoke to Stars and Stripes last month.

The mission's spokesman, U.S. Capt. Bill Salvin, said since January 1, U.S. forces have carried out some 460 strikes in support of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), and in March alone, 79 strikes killed more than 200 fighters.

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The fallen Army soldier was a member of a special operations force working alongside the Afghan military during a counterterrorism operation in the Achin district, according to a U.S. Forces statement. He said five insurgents have been killed and dozens wounded.

The soldier killed Saturday has not been identified.

Last month three American troops have sustained injuries when an Afghan soldier opened fire on them in the southern province of Helmand, the first known "insider attack" on global forces this year.

Sgt. 1st Class Robert R. Boniface, 34, of San Luis Obispo, Calif., died March 19, in Logar province from a noncombat incident. Johan. W. Nicholson, commander of U.S. Forces - Afghanistan, late Saturday.