Published: Sat, March 23, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Two American service members killed in Afghanistan operation

Two American service members killed in Afghanistan operation

Two US service members were killed in Afghanistan on Friday, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said.

The incident brings the number of American combat deaths in Afghanistan up to four this year.

No details were provided, and their names will not be disclosed until 24 hours after their next of kin are notified, according to Department of Defense policy.

The statement did not specify the location of the combat or say who the soldiers were fighting.

In a statement to The New York Times, Sgt. 1st Class Debra Richardson of the American-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission said that Friday's incident was "under investigation", adding that she had "no additional information to provide".

The U.S. war in Afghanistan is now in its 18th year.

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

Following the talks, held in Qatar where the Taliban maintain an office, Khalilzad said the two sides reached two "draft agreements" covering the withdrawal of USA troops and guarantees that Afghanistan would not revert to a haven for terrorists.

The US military's mission is focused on guiding and aiding Afghan forces battling the Taliban, who were ousted from power in 2001. In exchange, the US would agree to withdrawing forces.

The deaths are the latest casualties to hit the global coalition amid ongoing peace talks between Washington and the Taliban.

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

The talks have also opened a rift between Washington and Kabul, with some Afghan officials accusing the USA of sidelining the Afghan government. And the United Nations said 3,804 civilians died in Afghanistan past year, more "than at any time since records have been kept".

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