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Soldier killed in Afghanistan during operations against Islamic State: U.S

Soldier killed in Afghanistan during operations against Islamic State: U.S

A US special-forces soldier was killed during a combat operation targeting Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan, the USA military said Sunday.

The unnamed soldier was a special forces operator, U.S. Navy Captain Bill Salvin told Reuters separately.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

The U.S. and Afghanistan have been conducting special operations against ISIS-Khorasan for many months.

This comes as at least three U.S. soldiers were wounded in an explosion in Jalalabad city, the provincial capital of eastern Nangarhar province last month.

The Pentagon said the soldier's identity would be released pending notification of next of kin.

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This was the first USA soldier casualty in Afghanistan in 2017 for the Resolute Support mission.

But the group has been steadily losing territory in the face of heavy pressure both from U.S. air strikes and a ground offensive led by Afghan forces.

The operation was part of the NATO-led Resolute Support, a mission against ISIS-Khorasan, a branch of the Islamic State.

US officials say intelligence suggests Islamic State is based overwhelmingly in Nangarhar and neighboring Kunar province.

This comes a day after the U.S announced it will deploy 1,500 soldiers from Alaska to Afghanistan later this year, the U.S Army announced Friday.

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