US soldier killed in anti-Taliban operation in Afghanistan

Afghan security personnel prepare for combat during a battle with Taliban militants in Helmand province on August 10, 2016A roadside bomb killed an American soldier Tuesday near the capital of Afghanistan’s volatile Helmand province, following the first major US deployment to the southern city since foreign forces withdrew in 2014. The blast, which occurred during an anti-Taliban operation, left another American and six Afghan soldiers wounded, the US-led NATO coalition said. The casualties come just a day after NATO announced the deployment of around 100 US troops to Lashkar Gah to help head off a potential Taliban takeover of Helmand’s capital as fighting intensifies.

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