KABUL, Afghanistan (Nov. 3, 2016) — Two U.S. service members died as a result of wounds sustained during operations in Kunduz district, Kunduz province today. Two other U.S. service members were wounded in the operation.
"On behalf of all U.S. Forces – Afghanistan, today's loss is heartbreaking and we offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of our service members who lost their lives today. Our wounded soldiers are receiving the best medical care possible and we are keeping them and their families in our thoughts today, as well," said Gen. John W. Nicholson, commander of USFOR-A. "Despite today's tragic event, we are steadfast in our commitment to help our Afghan partners defend their nation."
The service members came under fire during a train, advise and assist mission with our Afghan partners to clear a Taliban position and disrupt the group's operations in Kunduz district.
U.S. Department of Defense policy is to withhold the identity of the service members pending next-of-kin notification. We will release additional information as appropriate.