2 US service members killed in Afghanistan

Posted at 4:44 AM, Nov 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-03 08:23:27-04

Two U.S. service members died and two more were wounded during operations in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan today.

"On behalf of all of 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 General 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."

The service members came under fire during a mission advising and assisting Afghan forces to clear a Taliban position.

The names of the service members are being withheld so their families can be notified.

An Afghan police official says 26 civilians died in the assault that killed two U.S. service members.

Gen. Qasim Jangalbagh of Kunduz province says some of the dead after the assault on Thursday included members of a Taliban fighter's family.

Jangalbagh says the raid by U.S. and Afghan forces killed 65 Taliban fighters, including two commanders for the insurgency.

NATO's combat operations ended in Afghanistan at the end of 2014, a move that put Afghan forces in charge of the country's security.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this article.