Last week, after the failed peace talks, the Taliban threatened with more attacks on U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The threat comes in the wake of President Donald Trump canceling a secret Camp David meeting with the militant group to end America’s longest war. Monday morning, another US SOF operator soldier was killed in Afghanistan.
The name of the operator who died is being withheld until 24 hours after their next of kin are notified, per Pentagon policy. The brief statement did not provide any details on the circumstances surrounding the death.
A Pentagon source told Newsweek on condition of anonymity that the Special Forces soldier was wounded by small arms fire while on an operation in the Sayyidabad District of Wardak province, located in the central and eastern regions of Afghanistan. He later died during surgery.
So far, 17 U.S. soldiers were killed in line of duty in Afghanistan this year, which is shaping up to be one of the deadliest in recent history. In 2015, 10 American troops were killed; nine in 2016 and 11 in 2017. In 2018, 13 out of the 15 service members killed were combat deaths, according to Defense Department casualty reports and iCasualties, an independent website that tracks the war dead from both Iraq and Afghanistan.
More than 2,400 U.S. service personnel have died in Afghanistan since the U.S.-led invasion began in 2001. More details to follow.