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US soldier killed during operation in eastern Afghanistan

An American soldier has been killed after being wounded in an operation in Afghanistan, the coalition forces announce in a statement.

The soldier died during a military operation in restive Logar province, 60 km south of Afghan capital of Kabul on Saturday afternoon, according to the statement.

“On behalf of US Forces-Afghanistan, we offer our deepest condolences to the family of our fallen brother,” said General John Nicholson, commander of US Forces-Afghanistan.

“Despite this tragic event, we remain steadfast in our commitment to the Afghan people and to support them in our mutual fight against terrorism,” he added.

The military did not release any information about the slain soldier’s identity or any other details on the circumstances of his death.

He was the second US service member to have died in Logar province in recent weeks. Jacob M. Sims, a 36-year-old chief warrant officer from Juneau, Alaska, died in a helicopter crash on Oct. 27.

In August, President Donald Trump vowed to take a harsher stance in the so-called war on terror in the war-torn country.

He approved a Pentagon plan to deploy some 3,800 additional US forces to Afghanistan, where more than 11,000 are already serving.

The United States — under Republican George W. Bush’s presidency — and its allies invaded Afghanistan on October 7, 2001. The offensive removed the Taliban regime from power, but after 16 years, the foreign troops are still deployed to the country.

After becoming president in 2008, Barack Obama, a Democrat, vowed to end the war — one of the longest conflicts in US history – but he failed to keep his promise.

source: Press tv

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