Two U.S. service members were killed today (November 3, 2016) battling Taliban Islamic insurgents in Afghanistan alongside local troops, according to the Newser website.
NATO described the Americans killed -- and two other Americans wounded -- in the assault as being part of "a train, advise, and assist mission" in Afghanistan's Kunduz province. The American casualties have not yet been identified.
Although U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan are officially over, thousands of U.S. troops remain in the country.
U.S. special forces first entered Afghanistan in October 2001 -- due to the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks in the U.S. -- in an effort to kill terrorists and suppress terrorist activities. At that time, Afghanistan was considered by the U.S. to be the root of terror strategies and the predominant haven for terrorists.