US Army

The U.S. military Tuesday morning announced the death of a service member in a firefight that injured four more American troops in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province on Jan. 1 — the first U.S. combat fatality of 2018, and a stark reminder of the challenges facing U.S. troops in the year ahead.

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U.S. Army photo by Lt. Col. Daniel Bohmer

Roughly a dozen Islamic State militants accidentally blew themselves up  and injured 21 other militants in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, on March 13, during a failed attempt to plant a roadside bomb, reports  Phillip Walter Wellman of Stars and Stripes.

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