US Soldier Killed in Taliban Attack

2 others wounded in Helmand province on Tuesday: officials
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2016 10:42 AM CST
Afghan security forces patrol in Nad Ali district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015.   (AP Photos/Abdul Khaliq)

(Newser) – An American Special Ops soldier was killed and at least two Americans were wounded in Afghanistan on Tuesday, reports Fox News. Officials say forces were taking part in a counter-terrorism mission near Marjah in Helmand province when they were targeted by Taliban fighters, per NBC News, which was first to report the attack. A medevac helicopter that arrived on the scene was hit by mortar and small-arms fire, officials say; one of the wounded was on board the chopper and was not a Special Ops soldier. The Taliban claims to have shot down the helicopter. However, a US military rep tells the BBC that it was "experiencing mechanical malfunctions. It was not shot down. It intentionally landed safely." (Read more Special Forces stories.)

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