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1 U.S. service member killed, 2 wounded in Afghanistan

One American service member was killed and two wounded Tuesday in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said in a statement.

The service member died "as a result of wounds sustained during operations near Marjah," a district in the southern province of Helmand that has been the scene of heavy fighting in recent weeks between coalition forces and Taliban insurgents.

The U.S. military did not immediately release details of the incident.

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"We are deeply saddened by this loss," U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Wilson A. Shoffner, spokesman for the U.S.-led military coalition, said in a statement.

Helmand has by far been the deadliest province for U.S. troops since the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan. Last month, the Pentagon deployed special forces soldiers to Helmand to assist Afghan forces in trying to beat back a Taliban advance that has claimed several of the province's districts.

Times staff writer W.J. Hennigan in Washington contributed to this report.

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