One U.S. service member has been killed during a joint U.S.-Afghan Special Operations mission in Afghanistan, a senior U.S. defense official says.
Speaking for General John Campbell, spokesman for US forces in Afghanistan Brigadier General Wilson A. Shoffner expressed his condolences over the recent turn of events.
Two other USA troops were wounded in the incident near the southern town of Marja.
The officials said a USA medevac chopper called in to recover casualties came under mortar and small-arms fire.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for one of two suicide bombings carried out near Kabul’s worldwide airport on Monday.
Mr Cook would not reveal the details of the operation but said it was “consistent with the training, advice and assistance mission” with Afghan special forces.
He said the injured were taken to Indra Gandhi Children Hospital, Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan and Jamhoriat hospitals in Kabul and their condition was stated to be stable. “They’ve been in Helmand province providing this kind of support in the past”. Fighting within the area was ongoing & the state of affairs remained “fluid”, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook stated at a day briefing. A spokesman for the Taliban – which frequently exaggerates its claims – said Tuesday the group had shot down a USA transport helicopter in Helmand.
Recently, U.S. forces have been withdrawing from Afghanistan and militants have been stepping up attacks against Afghan forces.
Cook expressed confidence that Afghan security forces will overcome the security challenges throughout Afghanistan.
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