Tuesday, 12 November, 2019

Two US soldiers killed in Afghanistan

A member of the Afghan Air Force 777 Special Mission Wing looks out of an Mi-17 helicopter A member of the Afghan Air Force 777 Special Mission Wing looks out of an Mi-17 helicopter
Patty Aguilar | 23 March, 2019, 00:27

The U.S. and NATO Resolute Support mission says the Americans were killed while conducting an operation on Friday.

This marks the third and fourth USA military deaths in Afghanistan in 2019 and comes as the Trump administration has sought to negotiate with the Taliban to help bring the conflict to an end.

Their names were being withheld in order to first notify family members.

"The incident is under investigation and we have no additional information to provide", said Sgt. 1st Class Debra Richardson, a Resolute Support spokeswoman.

Violence has persisted in Afghanistan even as Taliban militants have held negotiations with US officials about a peace settlement.

Fighting continues to flare across Afghanistan more than a week after the latest round of talks between the USA and the Taliban ended in Doha, as Washington continues to seek an end to the almost 18-year war.

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A Taliban statement later in the day said insurgents engaged in heavy fighting with Afghan and US forces overnight in the northern city of Kunduz.

Despite the negotiations, the country is more unsafe than ever.

According to reports, more than 2400 USA service members have lost their lives in various incidents since the beginning of their mission in 2001.

Both sides have agreed on the planned withdrawal of US forces, however there has been division over what a timeline for the withdrawal will look like. But a New York Times report found that the us government understates the strength of the Taliban.

According to a recent report from the United Nations, more civilians were killed a year ago in Afghanistan than at any time since records have been kept, with 3,084 civilian deaths recorded in 2018 alone, including the deaths of 927 children.

The Afghan government has been excluded from peace talks because the Taliban calls it a puppet of the US government.

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