Two U.S. sol­diers killed in op­er­a­tions against ISIS

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD - — Carlo Munoz

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.

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