A U.S. service member was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday afternoon as a result of wounds sustained during operations in the country's eastern Logar Province, according to the U.S. military.
“On behalf of U.S. Forces – Afghanistan, we offer our deepest condolences to the family of our fallen brother,” said General John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan, in a press release. “Despite this tragic event, we remain steadfast in our commitment to the Afghan people and to support them in our mutual fight against terrorism.”
The identity of the service member has not yet been released, and the military said it would release more details when appropriate.
Separately, local officials reported civilian fatalities as a result of U.S. airstrikes in northern Afghan province of Kunduz on Saturday as U.S.-backed Afghan forces fought against the Taliban, the New York Times reported. Capt. Tom Gresback, a U.S. military spokesman, said U.S. forces were investigating the allegations.
This death of a U.S. service member Saturday is the second one in Logar Province in recent weeks.
Last weekend the Pentagon identified a Chief Warrant Officer Jacob M. Sims as the U.S. service member who was killed in a helicopter crash on Oct. 27. Six crew members were also injured in the incident.
The deaths follow President Trump announcing his commitment to a new strategy for the 16-year conflict in Afghanistan during a speech in August, which includes ending artificial timelines in favor of making judgments based on conditions on the ground. The administration also signaled the U.S. could sent thousands more troops to the region.