US Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

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Members of a US Army carry team move the flag-draped transfer case holding the remains an American service member killed in Afghanistan at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on June 25, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

A US service member was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday, in a Taliban-claimed attack that comes as the United States tries to forge a peace deal with the insurgents. This death takes the death toll of US military personnel in Afghanistan to 11 so far this year.

A spokesman for NATO ‘the Resolute Support mission’ said that under NATO policy, no additional information will be released until 24 hours after the family had been notified. The statement did not provide any details surrounding the circumstances of the soldier’s death.

On 26 June, two United States soldiers were killed during a military operation in Afghanistan bringing to ten the number of American military fatalities in the country this year. The two, part of a Special Forces team, was killed by small-arms fire in southern Uruzgan province, American defense officials said.

The Taliban who have participated in peace talks with the US have already accepted responsibility for the killing.

Since last September the United States military has tried to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table to end the nearly 18-year Afghan conflict, the longest war in US history.

Nearly 20,000 foreign troops – most of them Americans – remain in the war-torn nation as part of a US-led NATO mission to purportedly “train, assist and advise” Afghan military forces.