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U.S. soldier killed in Afghan blast, 20 U.S., Afghan troops wounded

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bagram airfieldOne U.S. soldier was killed and around 20 U.S. and Afghan troops were wounded during a push against Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan, officials said on Thursday, as Washington wrestled with a months-long debate about the 16-year-old war.

The incident late on Wednesday in Nangarhar province came as several Pentagon officials visited Afghanistan, including Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and the top generals of the Army and Air Force.

As the sun pounded down on Bagram Airfield, Wilson, the generals and scores of U.S. troops joined a solemn ceremony to mark the moment the flag-draped coffin carrying the fallen soldier was loaded onto a flight back toward the United States. Some of the troops quietly wept.

Few details about the blast were available, including a firm number of U.S. wounded or the name of the soldier who was killed. One U.S. official said most of the injured American troops had already been released from medical care.


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