US Service Member, 2 Afghan Troops Killed in Afghanistan

A U.S. service member has been killed in combat in Afghanistan, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said in a statement Saturday. Above, an honor guard carries the casket of Maj. Brent R. Taylor, who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month. (Matt Herp/Standard-Examiner via AP)
A U.S. service member has been killed in combat in Afghanistan, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said in a statement Saturday. Above, an honor guard carries the casket of Maj. Brent R. Taylor, who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month. (Matt Herp/Standard-Examiner via AP)

KABUL, Afghanistan -- The U.S. military said Saturday that a service member has been killed in Afghanistan, while in a separate incident two Afghan soldiers died when their helicopter went down.

The brief U.S. military statement did not provide further details on the soldier's identity or the time or place of death.

The two Afghan soldiers died Saturday when their helicopter made an "emergency landing" in the southern Kandahar province due to a technical problem, Defense Ministry spokesman Ghafor Ahmad Jawad said. He said two other soldiers were wounded when the helicopter caught fire after landing. The Taliban claim to have shot the helicopter down.

The U.S. and NATO formally concluded their combat mission in 2014, but still provide vital support to Afghan security forces, who have been struggling in recent years to combat a resurgent Taliban and an Islamic State affiliate. Some 15,000 U.S. soldiers are currently serving in Afghanistan.

International forces have also suffered from so-called insider attacks in recent months, in which Afghan soldiers or police have opened fire on them.

More than 2,400 U.S. troops have died in the 17-year-old war, America's longest conflict.

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