US Soldier Killed in Afghanistan
Another was wounded by roadside bomb
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 23, 2016 9:36 AM CDT
In this Feb. 14, 2010 file photo, a U.S. soldier returns fire as others run for cover during a firefight with insurgents in the Badula Qulp area, west of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito, File)

(Newser) – The US military says an American soldier has been killed and another wounded by a roadside bomb during an operation in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, the AP reports. A statement says their patrol was struck by a roadside bomb on Tuesday in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital, and that six Afghan soldiers were wounded. The attack came a day after officials said that 100 US troops had been sent to Lashkar Gah to help defend the city, which appears to be at increasing risk of falling to the Taliban. Afghan officials say the insurgents effectively control around 80% of the province. The US military says the unidentified soldier was killed while "conducting train, advise, assist activities with Afghan counterparts under NATO authorities."

 

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