US troops killed, 1 injured in eastern Afghanistan

2 US Service Members Killed in Afghanistan

The U.S. forces were accompanying Afghan troops on the raid when they came under attack by the Islamic State Khorasan group in Nangarhar Province in eastern Afghanistan, according to Navy Capt. Bill Salvin, the U.S. military spokesman in Kabul. U.S. officials have said they believe the movement has only 700 fighters but Afghan officials estimate it has about 1,500.

Gen. John Nicholson, the top USA commander in Afghanistan, has suggested to Congress that the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation coalition needs several thousand more troops in the country, although neither Defense Secretary Jim Mattis nor President Donald Trump have committed to that publicly. USA troops are battling suspected Islamic State militants in Nangarhar province, near the border with Pakistan, where earlier this month, the United States dropped a massive bomb known as "the mother of all bombs".

While military officials say the non-nuclear bomb strike was a tactical one, questions have arisen as to whether the USA plans to escalate the war in Afghanistan.

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Afghan and USA forces closely coordinated on the bombing.

The U.S. has been battling the Islamic State group in Afghanistan for months and estimates that it now includes about 800 fighters there.

Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of USA forces in Afghanistan, has pledged to eliminate ISIS-K from Afghanistan this year.

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