Army Gen. Scott Miller’s time in Afghanistan is off to an inauspicious start: two U.S. service members have died in the two days since he took command of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan and the NATO-led Resolute Support mission there.
- A U.S. service member was killed on Tuesday in what NATO officials described as a non-combat incident in eastern Afghanistan.
- The incident came the day after a U.S. service member was killed and another wounded in an apparent insider attack, which also occurred in eastern Afghanistan.
- Both incidents are under investigation, and the Pentagon has declined to identify the service members pending next of kin notifications.
- Miller officially became the 17th commander of the U.S.-led military campaign in Afghanistan when he replaced Gen. John W. Nicholson on September 2.
- “The world recognizes that Afghanistan can’t be a safe haven for terrorists,” Nicholson said in his farewell remarks. “The world recognizes that we cannot fail.”