Updated Jun 26, 2019

2 U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan, NATO says

A Special Forces convey in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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Two U.S. service members were killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said in a statement, according to Reuters.

Details: The mission did not immediately release details of the precise location or circumstances of the service members' deaths. It said their names were being withheld until 24 hours after the notification of next of kin in accordance with U.S. Defense Department policy, per NBC News.

The big picture: Their deaths bring the number of U.S. service member deaths in Afghanistan to at least 6 this year and a total of at least 65 U.S. military deaths since January 2015, Reuters reports, citing U.S. government and NATO data.

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