US officials: 2 troops are killed in combat in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan — Two U.S. service members have been killed in combat in Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday.
The NATO Resolute Support mission announced their deaths first, providing no details about what happened and saying that their names would be withheld for 24 hours until their families could be notified.
Later, a U.S. official said the two service members died in combat from small-arms fire without providing further information.
More than 2,400 U.S. military personnel have died in Afghanistan since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001 to topple the Taliban, whose government had harbored al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.
The U.S. formally ended its Afghan combat mission in 2014 but still provides extensive air and other support to local forces.