US Service Member Killed In Afghanistan, Marking 2nd Death This Month

A member of the U.S. military was killed Saturday in Afghanistan, according to the NATO-led Resolute Support mission.

The identity of the service member and details surrounding the death will be released following notification of next of kin, said Debra Richardson, a spokeswoman for Resolute Support in Afghanistan.

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In an unrelated incident on Saturday, two Afghan soldiers were killed and two were injured in a helicopter crash in Kandahar Province, according to The Associated Press.

Maj. Brent Taylor, 39, a member of the U.S. Army National Guard, and mayor of North Ogden, Utah, was killed in an insider attack on Nov. 3 in Kabul.

Insider attacks in Afghanistan have become a growing concern for the Pentagon and senior military officials. In late October and early November, three insider attacks occured over a span of three weeks. On Oct. 18, an insider attack in Kandahar, took the lives of Afghan police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq, and wounded U.S. Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Smiley. Another insider attack claimed the life of a Czech soldier on Oct. 22, in Herat Province.

Saturday’s death comes just two days after President Donald Trump hinted at possibly visiting troops in Afghanistan. Trump has yet to visit military members in Iraq or Afghanistan during his time in office.

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“We’re going to do some interesting things. At the appropriate time, we’ll be doing some very interesting things,” the President told reporters Thursday at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., where he is spending Thanksgiving with family and friends.

He made the remarks following a Thanksgiving teleconference with leaders of each military branch stationed around the world.

“Melania and I want to express our gratitude for the sacrifices you make to defend your nation while you are away from your family and loved ones,” the President told service members. “I hope you will take solace in knowing that all of the American families that you hold close to your heart we’re all doing well.”

The president was asked about withdrawing troops from Afghanistan by reporters and responded by saying that there are “strong” negotiations going on, adding that “we’ll see what happens.”

Harry Cherry is a freelance reporter and writer for America First Media Group. You can follow him on Twitter at @RealHarryCherry.

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