A U.S. service member was killed and another wounded in “an apparent insider attack” in Afghanistan on Monday.
“The sacrifice of our service member, who volunteered for a mission to Afghanistan to protect his country, is a tragic loss for all who knew and all who will now never know him,” Resolute Support and U.S. Forces Afghanistan Commanding General Scott Miller said in a statement. “Our duty now is to honor him, care for his family and continue our mission."
One U.S. service member was killed and another wounded during an apparent insider attack in eastern Afghanistan, Sept. 3. pic.twitter.com/CjtgaqrRsh— Resolute Support (@ResoluteSupport) September 3, 2018
The service member, who was not identified, is the sixth American killed in Afghanistan so far this year, the statement from the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan Resolute Support said. The wounded service member is in stable condition.
His death comes less than one month after Sgt. 1st Class Reymund Transfiguracion, a Special Forces soldier with 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, died from wounds suffered in an improvised explosive device attack in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.
And it comes as Afghan forces are struggling to contain a resurgent Taliban and an increasingly powerful Islamic State affiliate. The Taliban control several districts across Afghanistan, and both groups have launched a relentless wave of attacks in recent months. (Military Times)
“The world recognizes Afghanistan cannot be a safe haven for terrorism, the world recognizes that we cannot fail. I know this has been a long fight, and it has been generations for us, for the Afghan people,” Miller added.