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US troop killed in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, 4 others wounded

A U.S. service member was killed on January 1 during combat operations in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan announced in a press release.

“One U.S. service member has died and four U.S. service members were wounded during a combat engagement in Achin, Nangarhar province Jan. 1.,” the release said.

Two of the troops have been released from treatment are returned to duty while two others are still being treated at a nearby medical facility, where they remain in stable condition.

It was unclear whether the troops were part of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission or the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense said on Wednesday that the soldier killed was Sgt. 1st Class Mihail Golan, assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, the successor to the Operation Enduring Freedom. Golan died “after being engaged by enemy small arms fire while on a dismounted patrol,” the Pentagon said.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own,” General John Nicholson, commander of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan said on Tuesday. “At this very difficult time our heartfelt sympathies go out to the families and friends of our fallen and wounded brothers.”


Editor’s note: This story was updated on Wednesday, January 3 to include the identity of the soldier killed.

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