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US soldier killed in Afghanistan was only 19

US soldier killed in Afghanistan was only 19
Posted at 8:57 PM, Jul 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-05 17:15:02-04

(CNN) - The Pentagon has identified a U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan.

Pfc. Hansen B. Kirkpatrick of Wasilla, AK, died from wounds received during an "indirect fire attack" on Monday. He was only 19.

Two other soldiers were wounded in the attack in Helmand Province. Kirkpatrick was based at Fort Bliss, TX.

The U.S. has several thousand troops in Afghanistan trying to help the government fend off Taliban militants and an ISIS threat.   

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