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US Service Member Killed in Afghanistan; 2nd in Week

US Service Member Killed in Afghanistan; 2nd in Week

Updated: July 13, 2018 02:25 PM

ATLANTA (AP) - U.S. military officials say a South Carolina soldier assigned to a Georgia Army base has been killed during combat in Afghanistan.

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The Department of Defense on Friday identified him as 32-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Andrew Celiz of Summerville, South Carolina.

Officials said Celiz died Thursday of wounds from enemy small arms fire.

Celiz was based at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia.

It was the second U.S. military death in Afghanistan in less than one week. On Saturday, Army Cpl. Joseph Maciel, of South Gate, California, was killed by what the U.S. is investigating as a possible attack by a member of the Afghan military.

The U.S. has about 15,000 troops in Afghanistan. The department's casualty list shows nearly 7,000 U.S. military personnel have been killed, mostly in Iraq and Afghanistan, in operations since Oct. 7, 2001.

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