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US service member killed in action in Afghanistan

A U.S. service member with NATO’s Resolute Support mission was killed in action in Afghanistan, Resolute Support said.

“One U.S. service member assigned to the NATO Resolute Support mission was killed in Afghanistan on October 4,” the mission said in a press release.

The incident is under investigation, Resolute Support added.

The service member’s name is being withheld for 24 hours in accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy.

Update October 6 The U.S. Department of Defense said the soldier killed was supporting Operations Resolute Support and Freedom’s Sentinel.

Spc. James A. Slape, 23, from Morehead City, North Carolina died in Helmand Province as a result of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device, a DoD statement said, adding that the incident is under investigation.

Slape was assigned to 60th Troop Command, North Carolina Army National Guard, Washington, North Carolina.

According to the latest data available from the NATO mission, just over 8,475 U.S. personnel are assigned to Resolute Support.

With reporting from AFP


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