American service-member killed in small arms fire
23 Jan 2019 9:12
Reporter : Hafizullah Rajabi
A US soldier has been killed in combat in Afghanistan, NATO’s Resolute Support (RS) mission said said on Wednesday.
“In accordance with US Department of Defense policy, the name of the service member killed in action is being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete,” the mission said.
In Washington, the Pentagon said "the incident is under investigation." This is the second US soldier killed in action in Afghanistan in 2019.
Last week, Army Sgt. Cameron Meddock died at a medical facility in Germany after being wounded by small arms fire on January 13 during a combat operation in Badghis province.
The US has about 14,000 troops in Afghanistan, with most serving in non-combat roles as part of the NATO-led training mission.
The death was announced by Army Col. Dave Butler, the top American spokesman in Afghanistan, according to Stars and Stripes. The death is under investigation.