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US Soldier Dies in Non-Combat Incident in Afghanistan

The military said the incident happened on Thursday and is being investigated

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    In this April 24, 2017, file photo, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis walks with US Army personnel across a NATO logo as he arrives at Resolute Support headquarters in the Afghan capital Kabul. A U.S. service member assigned to the Resolute Support Mission died Dec. 13, 2018 in a non-combat related incident.

    The U.S. military says an American service member has died in a non-combat-related incident in Afghanistan, without offering further information.

    The military's statement says the incident happened on Thursday and is being investigated.

    The service member's identity was being withheld until his family could be notified.

    About 14,000 U.S. military personnel are serving in Afghanistan, training and assisting Afghanistan's beleaguered national forces, which come under near daily attacks by the Taliban who hold sway over nearly half the country.

    The U.S.-led NATO mission handed off Afghanistan's security to Afghan troops in December 2014, but they have struggled to quash the insurgency, which has grown to include an Islamic State affiliate.

    Washington has spent nearly $1 trillion in Afghanistan since the Taliban's ouster in 2001.