Two US troops killed fighting ISIS in Afghanistan

Afghan official: 3 civilians killed in militant gun battles

Two U.S. service members died during operations against the Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, right, and U.S. Army General John Nicholson, left, commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan, hold a news conference at Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 24, 2017.

Earlier this month, US forces in Afghanistan dropped a 22,000-pound guided bomb called a GBU-43 on an Islamic State tunnel complex in Nangahar, the first use of a weapon of its kind.

Analysts have warned that increasing contacts in recent months between Russian Federation and the Taliban could complicate USA -led efforts to stabilize Afghanistan. Mansoor's death scuttled Pakistan's efforts to bring the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table to put out the deadly insurgency in Afghanistan. That bomb killed several dozen militants just days after a US Army special forces soldier was killed in the region. -Afghan operation in a village near Nangahar's Achin district Wednesday but was not aware of any casualties.

Two US troops were killed Wednesday while fighting IS militants near the blast-site, the Pentagon has said, highlighting the price of its continuing role in the conflict.

The U.S. now has about 8,400 troops in Afghanistan.

As per the report, the Afghan government had control over only 52 percent of Afghanistan's 407 districts past year.

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Operation Mansouri - named after the group's former leader, killed in a United States drone strike in 2016 - will target foreign forces with "conventional attacks, guerrilla warfare, complex martyrdom attacks, insider attacks", an insurgent statement said.

They are they second and third US service members to die fighting Islamic State in Afghanistan in 2017.

Eighteen ISIS fighters were killed in what was described as a "gunfight", according to Fox News.

The report accused anti-government elements, without specifying Taliban or the Islamic State group, of intentionally targeting civilians. In the latest attack, the Taliban disguised as Afghan army soldiers slipped into the compound of the 209 Corps in northern Afghanistan's Balkh province.

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.

Ahmadi claimed that the 15-year-long "jihad" of the Taliban have inflicted heavy casualties on foreign forces, forcing a "large number" of them to withdraw from Afghanistan.

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