U.S. service member dies in Afghanistan

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A US military service member was killed in eastern Afghanistan today during a joint U.S.

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook, however, said it did not appear that the service member or any other member of the patrol was specifically targeted.

USA special operations forces have been conducting counterterror operations with Afghan troops against Islamic State militants in Achin, Nangarhar province.

Pentagon officials did not give the service branch of the slain service member and withheld identification and other details until family members could be notified. The offshoot group, which has as many as 1,300 members, has been recruiting former Pakistani Taliban members with the allure of higher pay, USA officials told the website.

According to Pentagon data, 1,832 US service members have been killed in action in Afghanistan since 2001, when USA -led forces invaded the country and toppled the Taliban regime. -Afghan counter-terrorism operation targeting ISIS in Afghanistan. There were no other USA or Afghan casualties in the incident.

Khorasan is considered to be the Islamic State group's arm in the Afghanistan and Pakistan tribal region.

"This was a combat situation", Cook told reporters at the Pentagon.

The U.S. has been conducting airstrikes near Achin.

The death came as other US "enablers" in Afghanistan were partnered with Afghan troops in beating back a coordinated Taliban offensive aimed at retaking the north-central city of Kunduz, he said. It follows the August 23 death of Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Matthew Thompson in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province.

The U.S. now has about 9,500 troops in Afghanistan.