US of­fi­cials: 2 troops are killed in com­bat in Afghanista­n

The Morning Call - - NATION & WORLD -

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.

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