US Service Member Killed, Another Wounded in Afghanistan

A soldier on patrol in Afghanistan (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)
A soldier on patrol in Afghanistan (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)

A U.S. service member was killed and another was wounded Monday during a combat operation in eastern Afghanistan.

The wounded service member, who is in stable condition, was taken to Bagram Airfield's hospital for treatment, according to an April 30 press release from U.S. Forces-Afghanistan.

In addition, several Afghan National Security Force members were killed or wounded in the operation, the release states.

Military officials have not released the identity of the service member who was killed.

"My thoughts and those of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan are with the families and friends of our fallen and wounded service members," Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, said in the release.

This is the second U.S. combat fatality to occur this year in Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Mihail Golin of Fort Lee, New Jersey, died Jan. 1 in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, after his dismounted patrol came under attack by enemy small-arms fire, according to Pentagon officials. Golin was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), at Fort Carson, Colorado.

The U.S. formally ended its combat mission in Afghanistan in late 2014, but troops still participate in two operations -- Operation Resolute Support, the NATO's train, advise and assist mission; and Operation Freedom's Sentinel, the U.S. counter-terrorism mission against al-Qaida, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and other organizations.

-- Matthew Cox can be reached at matthew.cox@military.com.

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