Published: Sun, July 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

US Service Member ‘Killed in Action’ in Afghanistan

US Service Member ‘Killed in Action’ in Afghanistan

Taliban insurgents stormed a commercial building housing a hotel in western Afghanistan, killing three security officials and injuring 10, officials said on Saturday, the latest in a surge of attacks despite reported progress in peace talks.

"The attackers took over a building near the governor's office and police headquarters", Badghis Governor Abdul Ghafoor Malikzai told the AFP news agency.

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

A spokesman for the Resolute Support mission said that in accordance with policy, no additional information will be released until 24 hours after the deceased's next of kin is informed.

The U.S. servicemember's death on Saturday comes less than a month after two American troops were killed by small-arms fire in southern Uruzgan province.

A record 3,804 Afghan civilians were killed past year due to stepped-up air attacks by US-led forces and more suicide bombings, the United Nations said in a February report.

Officials said two of the gunmen were killed and one suspect had yet to be apprehended.

On Friday, at least six people were killed and 14 others wounded after a suicide bomber, believed to be in his early teens, targeted a wedding celebration in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province.

The U.S. has been fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan since 2001.

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. The attackers were said to be holding up in a nearby hotel.

Talks between Khalilzad and the Taliban have focused on USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troop withdrawal and guarantees from the Taliban that Afghanistan would not again become a safe haven for terrorists to plan a global attack like 9/11.

This brings to 12 the number of USA servicemembers killed in Afghanistan this year, all but two were combat-related.

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