2 American special operators killed in latest Afghan clash

Two U.S. special operators were killed during a joint raid Wednesday with Afghan forces in the Achin District of Nangarhar province, according to the Pentagon.

Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said the purpose of the raid was an anti-Islamic State operation in the Achin District, which is ISIS’ main base of operations in Afghanistan.

During the raid, an extra soldier suffered injuries, but made it out alive, reports ABC News. The wounds are not life-threatening.

Coalition security force members provide security during an operation in the Khugyani district, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, May 2, 2013. The security force was searching for a Taliban facilitator in Khugyani who provided logistical support to senior Taliban leaders throughout western Nangarhar. He organized the purchase, transfer and delivery of weapons to support the Taliban, and he sold rockets used in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. The security force seized one pistol, one rifle and one shotgun as a result of the operation. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Elliott N. Banks)

Rangers provide security during an operation in the Khugyani district, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Elliott N. Banks)

No further information is available at this time.

Nangarhar has seen a lot of action lately. It’s the same province where the U.S. military dropped the MOAB on ISIS, killing 94 militants in the process and cracking buildings in neighboring Pakistan.

It’s also the same province where in early April, Army Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar, a Green Beret, died from small arms fire after conducting an operation against ISIS forces.

Army Gen. John Nicholson, top commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, has pledged to eliminate ISIS in Afghanistan by the end of the year.

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