A roadside bomb killed a U.S. service member on foot patrol Tuesday in eastern Afghanistan as part of a mission to fight a growing Islamic State affiliate, the U.S.-led coalition announced.
Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said the service member died in a "combat situation," but refused to call it combat when asked by Fox News.
Cook later said the service member was receiving
combat pay and would likely receive combat decorations for his actions,
but that determination had not yet been made. An investigation into the
incident is ongoing.
"The President said 'no American boots on the ground', so we certainly can't say he died in combat. As long as we insist it wasn't, we're good. Screw what the troops and the other peasants think."