Helmand province is an active site of US operations supporting the Afghan National Security Forces in the fight against the Taliban.
The battalion deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan earlier this year for a "train, advise, and assist mission", an effort to continue training and supporting Afghan security forces in a war that is about to complete its 16th year, according to the Department of Defense. He was assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas.
US soldiers returned fire killing two militants.
An American soldier was killed and two others were wounded in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, the United States military said in a statement on Wednesday. The wounds sustained by the two other soldiers are not considered life threatening and they are being treated at a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) medical facility, according to the Defense Department.
The U.S.is now weighing whether to send thousands of additional troops to Afghanistan to change the tides of conflict, which Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has said the U.S.is "not winning". The Pentagon said the incident is under investigation.
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The death of a 19-year-old USA soldier in southern Afghanistan on Monday highlights the US military's evolving role in the war there under President Trump's administration, after years of President Barack Obama restricting the use of conventional combat troops on the battlefield. The Taliban claimed responsibility for that assault, as The Two-Way reported. President Donald Trump granted Secretary of Defense James Mattis authority to set Afghan troop levels in mid June.
The Pentagon is planning to deploy up to 5,000 more troops to Afghanistan to help security forces fighting the Taliban.
The United States is considering sending thousands of additional USA troops to Afghanistan, after Gen. Nicholson requested the force increase to break what he called a "stalemate" in the war. "We are not winning in Afghanistan right now, and we will correct this as soon as possible", Mattis told lawmakers last month.
Mattis traveled to Afghanistan in April, and said at the time that the Trump administration was reviewing its policy in the country. An announcement is expected later this month.