American soldier killed fighting ISIS in Afghanistan

The soldier was fatally wounded in Nangarhar province.

ByErin Dooley
April 08, 2017, 5:27 PM
PHOTO: Smoke rises after an air strike by U.S. aircraft on positions during an ongoing operation against Islamic State (IS) militants in Kot district of Nangarhar province in Afghanistan, Feb. 16, 2017.
Smoke rises after an air strike by U.S. aircraft on positions during an ongoing operation against Islamic State (IS) militants in Kot district of Nangarhar province in Afghanistan, Feb. 16, 2017.
Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images

— -- An American soldier was killed in action in Afghanistan on Saturday, Navy Capt. Bill Salvin, a spokesman for the U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said in a statement.

The soldier was conducting operations against ISIS in Nangarhar province when he was fatally wounded, Salvin confirmed.

The service member's name and rank have not yet been released.

The news comes just days after President Trump hosted a White House event honoring wounded warriors.

"You've earned our freedom with your sweat, blood and your incredible sacrifice," Trump said Tuesday. "We salute you. We salute your service."

More than 2,200 American service members have been killed since the war in Afghanistan began in 2001, according to the Department of Defense.

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