Two U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan

Posted at 7:51 AM, Nov 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-03 07:52:11-04

KABUL, Afghanistan – Two United States service members were killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday, according to a release from U.S. Forces Afghanistan.

The service members were wounded when they came under fire during a train, advise and assist mission to clear a Taliban position and disrupt the group’s operations in the Kunduz district.

“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.”

Two other service members were wounded in the operation.

The Department of Defense is withholding the identities of the service members until after their next-of-kin are notified