United States servicemember killed in Afghanistan

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 14, 2019

In a separate incident, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said a USA service member was killed in action on Saturday in Sayed Abad district of central Wardak province, some 70km south of the Afghan capital, Kabul.

While NATO did not provide further details, the Taliban claimed responsibility for killing "two USA soldiers" by "blowing up an American tank". Badghis health department chief Abdul-Latif Roustaie told The Associated Press that 10 people were wounded.

An attack on a commercial building housing a hotel and shops in Qala-e-Naw, the capital of Badghis province in western Afghanistan, killed four security personnel and wounded 20 others, including civilians, officials said on Saturday.

After almost 18 years, it is America's longest war, in which over 2,400 American service members have died. This brings to 12 the number of USA servicemembers killed in Afghanistan this year, all but two were combat-related. Police said the attack targeted Malik Toor, a pro-government militia commander, who was killed in the blast.

The NATO-led Resolute Support said it would not release the name of the soldier or give further details until 24 hours after giving notification of the death to the soldier's family.

The killings occurred a day after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a quick visit to the Afghan capital of Kabul where he said Washington was hopeful of a peace deal before September 1.

USA military statement announcing the killings of the US service members was a terse, two-paragraph announcement.

The Taliban insurgency said in a brief statement its fighters had planted a road side bomb in Sayedabad district of the eastern Afghan province of Wardak.

Pakistan joined the United States, Russia and China at a consultation meeting in Beijing on Friday and agreed to continue joint efforts for realizing a political settlement in Afghanistan to bring peace and stability to the region.

The event comes days after the seventh round of talks between USA and Taliban representatives concluded in Doha, Qatar, which focused on the withdrawal of US troops and a permanent cease-fire.

U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, has been holding peace talks with Taliban aimed at hammering out the details of a framework agreement reached in January.

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