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First U.S. Soldier Dies in Afghanistan Since June 10 Attack

Pfc. Hansen Kirkpatrick, 19, was killed in Afghanistan on Monday, July 3, by indirect fire, The Washington Examiner reports. The incident occurred in Helmand province.

It is reported that Kirkpatrick was a part of an advise-assist and counterterrorism operation and that it is possible that he is the first combat fatality of the mission since June 10.

The attack on June 10 took the lives of three 101st Airborne Division soldiers. The Taliban has taken responsibility for the attack.

Few details surrounding Kirkpatrick’s death have been given at this point.

While once a heavily battered region, the U.S. military forces have been fighting in Helmand province against Taliban resurgence efforts.