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One U.S. soldier and one Afghan National Army soldier were killed late Friday in a firefight with insurgents near Kandahar, the U.S. military said Saturday.

One other U.S. soldier and two other ANA soldiers were also wounded in the incident; there was no information available on the extent of their injuries. All three were treated at a U.S. forward operating base near the area, officials said.

The incident occurred when a joint U.S.-Afghan patrol was attacked by insurgents using small arms and rocket-propelled grenades.

“This soldier, alongside his Afghan National Army counterpart, paid the ultimate price for Afghanistan and for freedom,” Command Sgt. Maj. Iuniasolua Savusa of Combined Joint Task Force-76 said in a release issued Saturday. “Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they continue their dangerous mission of bringing the fight to the enemies of this proud nation.”

According to The Associated Press and the Pentagon, 198 U.S. servicemembers have been killed in and around Afghanistan since 2001. More than 1,300 people — civilians, soldiers and suspected militants — have been killed in the past seven months.


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