Another US service member dies from hostile fire in Afghanistan, despite ‘progress’...

Another US service member dies from hostile fire in Afghanistan, despite ‘progress’ on peace talks

Soldiers from the 1-118th Field Artillery Regiment of the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team fire an M777 Howitzer during a fire mission in Southern Afghanistan, June 10th, 2019. The 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team is deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jordan Trent)

WASHINGTON — A U.S. service member was killed in Afghanistan on Friday, even as the efforts to strike a peace accord with the Taliban are reportedly making progress.

The service member “died during combat operations” on Thursday, the Pentagon said today. Details of the death was not provided, following a Pentagon policy to withhold all information for 24 hours until next-of-kin are informed.

That death is the 15th this year from hostile action. This year in Afghanistan another two service personnel have perished in non-hostile deaths and at least two defense contractors have been killed.

Data shows that 2,431 U.S. military personnel were killed in Afghanistan through hostile actions since U.S. forces first arrived in the country on Oct. 7, 2001.

There are about 15,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

The yearly totals for those killed in action in previous years are 17 in 2018; 15 in 2017; 14 in 2016; 22 in 2015, and 55 in 2014. The high mark was 499 in 2010.

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