Two US service members killed in Afghanistan

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Two U.S. service members were killed during an operation in Afghanistan on Friday, according to U.S. and NATO forces.

The statement didn’t specify the location of combat, what the service members were doing or who they were fighting. Their names were being withheld pending notification of their next of kin, according to Department of Defense policy. The fatalities bring the number of U.S. service members killed this year in Afghanistan to four.

Friday’s deaths were the first for U.S. forces there since January. Last year, 13 American troops died while deployed there.

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