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US soldier killed and four wounded on Afghanistan border
[BBC] A US service member was killed and four US troops were maimed during a "combat engagement" in Afghanistan on New Year's Day, the Pentagon has said.

The soldier died in Achin, Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province, along the Pakistain border - an area which has become a stronghold for the so-called Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....

The Pentagon did not release additional details or identify the US soldier who was killed.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own," an official said.

"At this very difficult time our heartfelt sympathies go out to the families and friends of our fallen and maimed brothers," said Army Gen John Nicholson, commander of US forces in Afghanistan.

At least 15 Americans died in Afghanistan in 2017, according to, which tracks US deaths in foreign conflicts.

The Pentagon, which did not describe how the death occurred, said that two of the maimed soldiers are still recovering "in a nearby medical treatment facility and are in stable, pH balanced condition".

The other two injured soldiers have been returned to active duty, the statement said.
Posted by:Fred

#5  Oldest son told me that when he was in Naganhar with the 173rd one of the problems was GPS was iffy and prone to errors along the border, probably due to ore deposits. They would use three GPS units and patrol based on 'best two out of three' positioning.
Posted by: ed in texas   2018-01-03 13:16  

#4  Achin is a district in southern Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, on the border with Pakistan. Its population is 100% Pashtun. Achin is home to the Shinwari tribe, one of the largest Pashtun tribes.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles   2018-01-03 04:44  

#3  Far more than that.
Posted by: newc   2018-01-03 01:39  

#2  An interesting thought, Cheretle Angeans6218.
Posted by: trailing wife   2018-01-03 01:19  

#1  Could this US soldiers death along the Pak border be why Trumped tweeted at 7am Monday morning that aid to Pakistan should be suspended?
Posted by: Cheretle Angeans6218   2018-01-03 00:49