Two U.S. soldiers killed in operations against ISIS
A pair of American soldiers were killed and a third was wounded in Afghanistan during an operation against Islamic State’s faction in the country.
The U.S. forces were participating in an Afghan-led raid against known targets tied to Islamic State in Syria and the Levant-Khorasan Group, or ISIS-K, in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province when the team was ambushed by insurgent fighters. The Pentagon has yet to publicly identify the casualties or which branch of service they belonged.
Wednesday’s deaths come amid an uptick by Afghan security forces and their U.S. and coalition counterparts to flush out ISIS-K from its redoubts in Nangarhar and elsewhere in eastern Afghanistan. Prior to Wednesday’s attack, U.S. forces had used one of the most powerful, non-nuclear weapons in the American arsenal against ISIS-K targets in Nangarhar.