An American NATO-led Resolute Support (RS) service member died due to injuries he sustained in a vehicle accident in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, the coalition forces announced in a statement Tuesday.”
Two other US service members were also injured and are receiving medical treatment,”
Sources close to the incident said that the service-member was fatally injured as a result of a vehicle rollover.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own,” said Gen. John Nicholson, commander of RS and US Forces-Afghanistan.”Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with the families and friends of our fallen and injured comrades.
“The NATO and US forces completed their combat mission in Afghanistan by the end of 2014, after 13 years of military presence in the country.Around 13,000 foreign troops remain in Afghanistan to train and assist security forces in their fight against the Taliban. — IANS.
It added that the incident was “not the result of enemy action.”
The Western-backed government in Kabul has struggled fend off the Taliban and other militants since the withdrawal of most NATO troops in 2014.
Under its new strategy for Afghanistan, the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has committed 3,000 additional troops to the country, on top of the 11,000 already there, to train and assist Afghan security forces in their battle against the militants.
U.S. troops are in Afghanistan on a dual mission of training, advising and assisting Afghan forces in their fight against the Taliban and conducting counter terrorism operations against groups such as al Qaeda and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).