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Pfc. Hansen B. Kirkpatrick, of Wasilla, Alaska, had been stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas.

Kirkpatrick was serving on Operation Freedom's Sentinel, the latest phase of the USA military effort in the war in Afghanistan.

A U.S soldier was killed late Monday afternoon in the result of wounds sustained during an indirect fire attack in Helmand province, the U.S forces headquarters in Kabul said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Defense Department said 19-year-old Pfc. The Pentagon said the incident is under investigation.

Six other USA service members have been killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2017.

Obama relied almost exclusively on Special Operations troops to advise Afghan troops outside bases in Afghanistan after tens of thousands of USA troops were withdrawn in 2014, but US military officials have said that is unsustainable and that conventional forces are needed to carry out more missions. A delegation of USA senators visited Kabul on Tuesday and called for a new strategy ahead of an expected Trump review later in July on the United States' longest war, now in its 16th year.

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The battalion deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan earlier this year for a "train, advise, and assist mission", an effort to continue training and supporting Afghan security forces in a war that is about to complete its 16th year, according to the Department of Defense.

The death comes as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis prepares a strategy in Afghanistan that is expected to call for the US military to return to a war footing with the Taliban and lift Obama-era restrictions that limited the mobility of USA military advisers on the battlefield.

He is the first fatality since an "insider attack" by an Afghan soldier killed three USA service members in May.

"We need a strategy in the United States that defines our role in Afghanistan, defines our objective and explains how we're going to get from here to there", said Warren, according to the Guardian.

At the end of the Obama administration, almost 1,500 US troops were pulled from Afghanistan. President Donald Trump granted Secretary of Defense James Mattis authority to set Afghan troop levels in mid June.

Safi further added that the operations are being conducted with the support of the foreign forces based in the country, who are mainly providing air support to the Afghan troops and Special Forces on the ground.


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