Pentagon spokesperson, U.S. Navy Captain Jeff Davis confirmed that two U.S. troops had been killed and one wounded in the Achin District of Nangarhar Province in eastern Afghanistan that borders on Pakistan.
General John Nicholson the top U.S. general in Afghanistan claims that the U.S. and Europe need to send 5,000 more troops to Afghanistan in order to break a stalemate between Afghan forces versus the Taliban and Islamic State.
United States military officials said that US forces in Afghanistan would be upping the fight against ISIS-K or the Islamic State (IS), Khorasan Province branch, and are determined to defeat the group this year.
U.S. drones attacked an area in eastern Nagarhar Province in Afghanistan where there has been a resurgence of activity by the Islamic State. The UN and some locals claim that at least 15 civilians were killed and another 13 wounded.
US Appeals Court Judge Karen Henderson has upheld earlier court decisions denying those detained by the US at Bagram in Afghanistan to be able to file habeas corpus petitions. She said that the detainees are "beyond the reach" of the constitution.
Due to disagreements and distrust between the Obama administration and the Afghan government of president Hamid Karzai, the US may not keep any forces in Afghanistan after the end of 2014 when all forces are scheduled to withdraw.
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen claimed that neither the US nor NATO troops would remain in Afghanistan after 2014 unless the Karzai government agrees to grant immunity to their troops from Afghan law.
The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Dempsey arrived for a visit aimed at assessing the training of Afghan security forces. Several incidents have been reported one involving Americans and the other children, victims of a NATO air strike.
Although the Obama administration is said to be considering a full withdrawal from Afghanistan, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's recent statements indicate that the US will remain in Afghanistan long after 2014 when the present mission ends.