U.S. servicemember killed in combat in Afghanistan on New Year's Day

President Trump described a new plan for the war in Afghanistan, one that will be based on "conditions," as opposed to a "time-based approach."

A U.S. servicemember was killed and four were wounded during combat on New Year's Day in eastern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Tuesday.

Two of the wounded servicemembers are hospitalized in stable condition and the other two were returned to duty, the military said.

The engagement took place in Nangarhar province.

The U.S. military did not release additional details about the engagement, but U.S.-backed Afghan forces have been combating the Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own,” said Army Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. "At this very difficult time our heartfelt sympathies go out to the families and friends of our fallen and wounded brothers."

U.S. troops are not engaged in direct combat in Afghanistan, but the Trump administration has authorized an increased number of advisers and expanded airstrikes in support of Afghan forces.

Fifteen Americans were killed in Afghanistan in 2017, according to icasualties.org, a website that tracks casualties.

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