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All 6 U.S. Combat Deaths in Afghanistan in 2017 Were in Fight Against ISIS | The New York Times
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All 6 U.S. Combat Deaths in Afghanistan in 2017 Were in Fight Against ISIS | The New York Times

All six of the American soldiers who have died in combat in Afghanistan this year were S involved in the fight against the Islamic State group in its stronghold in a small eastern area of the country.

Five of the six may have been killed by their own side, according to reports from American and Afghan military officials.

The casualty rate shows an increased concentration on fighting the local branch of the extremist group, known here as the Islamic State in Khorasan, which two years ago was dismissed as a small breakaway faction, numbering in the low hundreds, of the much more powerful Taliban.

Since March, the United States military has said that joint Afghan-American forces have killed or captured hundreds of Islamic State fighters.

Source: All 6 U.S. Combat Deaths in Afghanistan in 2017 Were in Fight Against ISIS – The New York Times