U.S. Service Member Killed in Afghanistan

One U.S. service member was killed in Afghanistan on Nov. 24, the NATO Resolute Support mission said in statement without sharing additional information.

The statement added that the name of the service member killed in action is being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete, in accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy.

The incident brought the U.S. combat death toll this year in Afghanistan to eight.

Earlier this month, a U.S. service member, identified as Major Brent Taylor, was killed in an insider attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. Major Taylor was assigned to the Utah Army National Guard and was the Mayor of North Ogden, Utah. The attacker, who was a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), was immediately killed by Afghan Forces.

According to the Pentagon, there are about 14,000 U.S. service members deployed in Afghanistan. The U.S. military’s mission is focused mainly on guiding and aiding Afghan forces battling the Taliban, which was ousted from power in 2001. More than 2,400 U.S. forces have died in the 17-year-old war, America’s longest conflict.

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