A U.S. service member and a Romanian soldier were killed in combat Thursday in Afghanistan, according to the NATO-led mission in the country.
The news release provided no details of the incident, only saying that both “were killed in action” in Kabul. The identification of the U.S. service member is being withheld until 24 hours after next of kin is notified, according to Defense Department policy.
The U.S. servicemember death brings this year’s total number of U.S. combat deaths in Afghanistan to 16. The death rate hit a five-year high earlier this month after two service members were killed by small-arms fire.