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Apparent insider attack kills U.S. service member in Afghanistan

John Nicholson, Austin Miller
As he takes over as leader of the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, Gen. Austin S. Miller, third from left, looks at retiring Gen. John Nicholson, second from left, during the change of command ceremony at Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul on Sept. 2.
(Massoud Hossaini / Associated Press)

A U.S. service member has been killed and another wounded in an apparent insider attack in eastern Afghanistan, according to a statement Monday from the NATO-led Resolute Support mission.

In a statement, Army Gen. Austin S. Miller, Resolute Support and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan commander, said that “the sacrifice of our service member, who volunteered for a mission to Afghanistan to protect his country, is a tragic loss for all who knew and all who will now never know him.”

He added, “Our duty now is to honor him, care for his family and continue our mission.”

The statement said the service member was the sixth American killed in Afghanistan this year.


White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the administration was monitoring the situation and that President Trump had been briefed by Chief of Staff John F. Kelly.

The wounded service member was said to be in stable condition.

The names of the service members were not immediately released.

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