American dies in clash with suspected Afghan insurgents
One American servicemember was killed and two others wounded in a clash Tuesday with suspected Taliban holdouts in Uruzgan province, U.S. military officials said.
Seven suspected insurgents were captured in the battle, which occurred in the vicinity of Tarin Kowt.
The two wounded servicemembers were taken to a U.S. military medical facility for treatment, and were listed late Wednesday in stable condition.
There was no further information about the type or extent of their injuries. The name of the slain servicemember was being withheld pending notification of his family.
Insurgents used small-arms fire and roadside bombs in the attack; U.S. forces countered with small-arms fire of their own.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our fellow servicemembers. He selflessly volunteered to serve his country and to build a better future for Afghanistan,” Maj. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley, commander of Combined Joint Task Force-76, said in a military news release.
“His death is mourned by his comrades in arms, but he is not nor ever will be forgotten.”
There are some 19,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, with a major transition of units ongoing.