US soldier from Fort Lee killed in Afghanistan

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A United States soldier from Fort Lee was killed in action in Afghanistan on New Year’s Day, according to a spokesperson for Sen. Cory Booker’s office.

Booker’s office says that Sgt. 1st Class Mihail Golin was killed Monday in Nangarhar Province.

Booker offered condolences to the family and said that Golin “served our nation with courage and distinction, and his death is a loss that will be felt across New Jersey.”

A military statement issued Tuesday said four other soldiers were wounded in the Jan. 1 battle in the Achin district of the province. It said two of the wounded were in stable condition and the other two have returned to duty.

Gen. John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, says "we are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own."

The United States formally concluded its combat mission in Afghanistan at the end of 2014 but still carries out operations against the Taliban and an Islamic State affiliate, both of which are active in Nangarhar.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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