Two U.S. service members were killed late Thursday and a third was wounded when they came under attack during a raid against Islamic State fighters in southern Nangarhar province, Afghanistan.
The soldiers were battling ISIS-K in partnership with Afghan defense forces in the same area where the “Mother Of All Bombs” was dropped earlier this month.
“The fight against ISIS-K is important for the world, but sadly, it is not without sacrifice,” said Gen. John W. Nicholson, Commander, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan. “On behalf of all U.S. Forces and our coalition partners, I offer our deepest sympathies to the families, friends and fellow service members of our fallen comrades.”
Next of kin have been notified. In keeping with U.S. military policy, the names and of those killed will not be released until 24 hours after next-of-kin notification.
Eighteen ISIS militants were killed in the firefight