IED Kills US Service Member in Afghanistan

Another American service member and six Afghan soldiers were wounded in the blast

A U.S. service member was killed after an improvised explosive device exploded in Afghanistan Tuesday while U.S. forces were patrolling with their Afghan counterparts, officials said.

Another American service member and six Afghan soldiers were wounded in the blast near Lashkar Gar in Helmand province, the U.S. military said in a statement.

"Our deepest sympathies go out to the families and friends of those involved," said General John W. Nicholson, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in the country. "We are deeply saddened by this loss, but remain committed to helping our Afghan partners provide a brighter future for themselves and their children."

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