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19-Year-Old US Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

19-Year-Old US Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

A 19-year-old USA soldier has been killed in an attack in southern Afghanistan as he was taking part in counter-terror operations.

Kirkpatrick was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, based at Fort Bliss, Texas. Hansen B. Kirkpatrick, 19, of Wasilla, Alaska died from wounds received during an "indirect fire attack". The attack, presumably by Taliban fighters, occurred in Helmand province's Nawa district, and also caused injuries to two other US soldiers who are expected to survive, Davis added.

Overall, around 13,000 USA and allied troops are deployed in Afghanistan. Helmand province is an active site of US operations supporting the Afghan National Security Forces in the fight against the Taliban.

Six other US service members have been killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2017.

Kirkpatrick was killed in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, according to the Defense Department. The Pentagon did not release any further details and said the incident is under investigation.

The incident comes as the Pentagon is planning to deploy several thousand more troops to Afghanistan in an effort to roll back Taliban gains. "We will keep his family in our thoughts and prayers as we reflect on the sacrifice he and others have made to secure our freedoms and help make Afghanistan a better place".

Last month, President Trump gave Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to set USA troop levels in Afghanistan.

Three American troops were killed last month by an Afghan soldier in the country's eastern region. Dillon C. Baldridge were killed in an insider attack during a mission against ISIS.

Two Army Rangers and a Green Beret were also killed in Nangarhar in April during operations against Islamic State militants. He is the seventh United States soldier killed in Afghanistan this year.

The United States is considering sending thousands of additional US troops to Afghanistan, after Gen. Nicholson requested the force increase to break what he called a "stalemate" in the war. The U.S. -led intervention toppled the Taliban government, which harbored al Qaeda, the architects of the attacks.

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