Two American soldiers were wounded Thursday in Helmand province’s fiercely contested Sangin district. U.S. airstrikes there on the same day may have killed as many as 25 civilians.
The U.S. troops were injured while supporting Afghan forces, who have been battling the Taliban in the district for weeks. The militants see Sangin as a stepping stone to encircling and eventually capturing Helmand’s capital, Laskhar Gah.
One of the American soldiers suffered a gunshot wound and was flown out of the country for treatment.