US general says 5 US troops wounded in Afghan fighting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says five American soldiers have been wounded in clashes with Islamic State fighters.

Gen. John Nicholson commands U.S. and NATO forces. Nicholson says none of the wounds are life-threatening; three of the soldiers have been evacuated from the area, and two have been returned to duty. He said the casualties occurred “in the last few days” but was not more precise. He says they were hit by small arms fire and shrapnel.

Nicholson says the Americans were partnering in combat with Afghan special forces who are retaking territory previously controlled by the Islamic State in the eastern province of Nangarhar.

Nicolson was speaking to reporters at the Pentagon from his headquarters in Kabul.

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