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Afghan Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Killing U.S. Soldier

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The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) branch in Afghanistan, known as the Khorasan Province (IS-KP/ISIL-K), has claimed responsibility for planting the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that killed a U.S. service member, bringing the number of American military fatalities during the Afghan war to 2,241.

Three Afghan soldiers were also killed by the explosion, which took place in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, ISIL-K’s stronghold in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.

An IED, also known as a homemade bomb, has been deemed the deadliest weapon terrorists use against the U.S.-led coalition and Afghan troops in the course of the ongoing 15-year-old war.

U.S. troops have been backing an ongoing offensive launched in July by the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) against ISIL-K jihadists in Nangarhar, which lies along Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan. – READ MORE

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