The U.S. troops casualties after attack in Afghanistan two killed and six wounded
The U.S. troops were fired on during a mission in Afghanistan’s eastern province on Saturday and incurred multiple casualties. Two military service members killed and six were wounded. The firefight is under investigation as a possible insider attack though no motive has been determined.
"Two U.S. service members were killed and six others were wounded in a firefight on February 8 in Sherzad district, Nangarhar province," said a statement from U.S. Forces- Afghanistan. "The wounded service members are receiving medical treatment at a U.S. facility."
According to Col. Sonny Leggett, spokesman for the U.S. force in Afghanistan, the combined U.S. and Afghan forces were fired from a machinegun by a person in an Afghan uniform at the Sherzad district center.
"We are assessing the situation," Military spokesman Col. Sonny Leggett said. “There were no other details provided as of Saturday afternoon.”
The names of the killed soldiers will be released in 24 hours after notification of the relatives, in accordance with the policy of the U.S. Department of Defense.
"We are still collecting information and the cause or motive behind the attack is unknown at this time," said the statement. "The incident is under investigation."
In his State of the Union Address on Tuesday, President Donald Trump referenced the peace talks, saying U.S. soldiers were not meant to serve as “law enforcement agencies” for other nations.
“In Afghanistan, the determination and valor of our war fighters has allowed us to make tremendous progress, and peace talks are now underway,” he said.
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