Kandahar, Afghanistan — Two U.S soldiers assigned to the NATO-led Operation Resolute Support were killed today when their coalition convoy struck an improvised explosive device (IED) near Kandahar, Afghanistan. Operation Resolute Support whose main objective is to provide training and advising to local Afghan military confirmed the casualties on their Twitter feed in the early morning hours of Wednesday.
— Resolute Support (@ResoluteSupport) August 2, 2017
The U.S. headquarters of the NATO-led operation also released a press statement that the attack may have also caused more casualties, which has yet to be confirmed:
The NATO-led operation within Kandahar falls under the area of responsibility (AOR) of the Train, Advise, Assist Command – South, or TAAC-S, which is under the command of the Austin, Texas-based National Guard unit of the 36th Infantry Division known as “Task Force Arrowhead. ” The TAAC-S mission took over for the NATO-led security operation known as the International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF that was established by the United Nations Security Council in the winter of 2001.
The 36th Infantry took over the TAAC-S mission in January and is slotted for an 18 month “train, advise, and assist” deployment in and around Kandahar where this latest attack that claimed the lives of two more American soldiers in the United States longest recorded war to date. It is unknown whether or not the casualties came from the Texas National Guard unit as a spokesperson from the public affairs office of Operation Resolute Support said that, “We are working to gather additional information as quickly as possible and will release more details as appropriate.”
The names of the deceased soldiers will not be released for another 24 hours to allow next of kin to be notified. These soldiers killed in action in Afghanistan are just the latest to be added to the casualty list that tops off at upwards to 3,600 since the beginning of combat operations in Afghanistan.
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