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US service member dies in Afghanistan

17 foreign troops killed in war-ravaged nation this year

US service member dies in Afghanistan file photo

By Shadi Khan Saif

KABUL, Afghanistan 

The NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan confirmed on Friday a U.S. service member had died in a non-combat incident

With this, the number of foreign troops killed in Afghanistan this year has surged to 17.

A statement by the mission in Kabul announced that the U.S. service member's name will be released after his family is notified. 

Although the statement did not specify, the term 'non-combat' is used when infiltrators in the Afghan forces turn their guns on the U.S. forces.

In one of the deadliest attack on foreign troops this year, three U.S. service members were killed and three others were injured near Ghazni in late November.

Since the end of combat mission in 2014, most foreign troops are now only engaged with training missions, except for the U.S. forces who continue to provide support to the Afghan forces on war fronts.

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