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U.S. service member killed, 1 wounded due to IED in Afghanistan

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Posted at 6:08 AM, Aug 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-23 09:08:47-04

The Defense Department is reporting that an American service member was killed in Afghanistan.

According to the Defense Department, a second American and six Afghan soldiers were wounded after their patrol triggered an Improvised Explosive Device near Lashkar Gar in the Helmand Province. 

In a statement, General John W. Nicholson, commander of USFOR-A and Resolute Support said, "On behalf of all of U.S. Forces - Afghanistan, as well as Resolute Support, our deepest sympathies go out to the families and friends of those involved."

The Department of Defense has not identified the service member pending next-of-kin notice.