Sat Apr 8, 2017 08:15PM
 A file photo of US troops engaged in operations in Afghanistan’s Khogyani district.
A file photo of US troops engaged in operations in Afghanistan’s Khogyani district.

A US Special Forces soldier has been killed while engaged in anti-Daesh operations in eastern Afghanistan.

"The soldier was mortally wounded late Saturday during an operation in Nangarhar province" said US Navy Captain Bill Salvin on the NATO-led Afghan Resolute Support mission’s official twitter account.

Salvin added that the exact circumstances of the Special Forces operator’s death was still not clear and that further information would be announced shortly.

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Currently some 8,400 US troops are stationed in different bases in Afghanistan.

The country is still suffering from insecurity and violence years after the United States and its allies invaded the country as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The military invasion removed the Taliban from power, but their militancy continues to this day.

In this photograph taken on February 9, 2017, an Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier look on during training by Italian soldiers from NATO's Resolute Support Mission at the Kabul Military Training center on the outskirts of Herat. (Photo by AFP)

Earlier in the month, activists called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to speed up a probe into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan since the US-led invasion.

ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda in November 2016 announced that the United States could have carried out war crimes in Afghanistan.   

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Daesh is also suspected of carrying out several attacks against Shias in the country. According to the US intelligence, the Takfiri terrorist group is mostly active in Nangarhar and its neighboring Kunar province. There are thought to be between 700 to 1,500 Daesh members operating in the country.