Two American servicemembers were killed in separate attacks in Afghanistan late Monday, officials said Tuesday.
One U.S. soldier and one Marine were killed, with several other people wounded in the incidents. No identifications of the dead or wounded were released Tuesday.
The soldier was killed during a ground assault west of Kandahar, officials said. Insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire at a joint Afghan-U.S. patrol, sparking a firefight. A wounded U.S. soldier was taken to a military hospital in Kandahar and was listed in stable condition.
U.S. officials said the joint patrol killed two insurgents and wounded a third in the exchange.
The wounded insurgent was detained and treated at Kandahar.
The second incident happened at a forward operating base near Asadabad.
Marines based there received mortar, rocket-propelled grenade and small-arms fire, killing one Marine on the base.
“Coalition forces responded with mortar fire and coalition close air support aircraft. Battle damage assessment is ongoing,” a U.S. military release read.
“These men gave their lives for America and a free Afghanistan,” said Brig. Gen. James G. Champion, deputy commander of Combined Joint Task Force-76. “We will continue to aggressively take the fight to the enemy until they are defeated.”