Published: Sun, July 14, 2019

US Service Member Killed in Action in Afghanistan

US Service Member Killed in Action in Afghanistan

It's unclear whether the death was related to a roadside bombing that the Taliban claimed Saturday, saying it had "blown apart" an armored USA vehicle in an area of Wardak province along the Kandahar-Kabul Highway, about 50 miles south of the Afghan capital and some 25 miles west of a coalition base known as Camp Dahlke in Logar province.

While NATO did not provide further details, the Taliban claimed responsibility for killing "two USA soldiers" by "blowing up an American tank".

The blast killed two US soldiers and wounded three others, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter.

Those issues include the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan, a permanent cease-fire, a Taliban guarantee that Afghanistan will not be used as a base for attacks in other countries, and an inter-Afghan dialogue that leads to a political settlement. It is America's longest war and over 2,400 American service members have died fighting it.

According to Abdul Latif Rostaee, the local director of public health, 18 were wounded, including six civilians.

Saturday's announcement brings the total number of US troop deaths in Afghanistan this year to 11, according to iCasualties, a website that tracks casualties of USA forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The U.S. Department of Defense has warned of continued clash between the Afghan and Pakistani forces along the Line of Durand.

The latest fatality brings the tally of United States service member deaths in Afghanistan to at least seven in 2019.

USA peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has been holding talks with the Taliban in recent weeks to try and negotiate an end to the war in Afghanistan.

The report said "The Afghanistan-Pakistan border region remains a sanctuary for various groups, including the Taliban and its component Haqqani Network (HQN), al-Qa'ida core (AQ), al-Qa'ida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT), Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), ISIS-K, and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU)".

Rahimi added that a number of civilians have also been affected in the attack.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it used an improvised explosive device, or IED, to target a USA vehicle in the Sayedabad District, a city in the Wardak Province.

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