PENTAGON (Talk Media News) – The Pentagon said Thursday that U.S. troops have operated in a combat “situation” in Afghanistan, but not a combat role.
The statement by Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook follows a small arms fire fight in in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on Tuesday that saw one U.S. solider killed and two wounded.
Cook said that the U.S. forces were operating in a support role, acting within their train, advise and assist mission to bolster the Afghan forces in their fight against the Taliban.
“Everyone should be clear that those U.S. forces are at risk, this is a combat situation, but they are not in the lead intentionally,” Cook said.
The U.S. has approximately 9,800 troops operating in Afghanistan now, and officially ended the combat mission in the nation in December 2014.