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2 American soldiers killed in Taliban ambush

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The U.S. military mentioned two service members have been killed Wednesday in Afghanistan however didn’t provide any particulars surrounding the circumstances of their deaths.

The killings occurred a day after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a fast visit to the Afghan capital of Kabul where he stated Washington was hopeful of a peace deal earlier than Sept. 1.

It isn’t clear if the deaths were the results of the battle, which at almost 18 years is America’s longest working. Greater than 2,400 U.S. service personnel have died in Afghanistan because the U.S.-led coalition invaded in October 2001 to oust the Taliban and seek out al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden following the Sept. 11, 2001, assaults on the US.

Efforts to find a peaceful finish to Afghanistan’s protracted struggle accelerated last year with the appointment of U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who will start a fresh round of direct talks with the Taliban on Saturday within the Middle Eastern state of Qatar, the place the religious movement maintains a political office.

Khalilzad has held a series of conferences in Kabul as nicely in an effort to reschedule an Afghan-to-Afghan spherical of talks, which have been scuttled earlier this 12 months as a result of neither facet might agree on individuals.

The Taliban have refused to hold direct talks with the Afghan authorities calling them U.S. puppets, however have stated they would talk with members of the government in the event that they arrive on the meeting as ordinary Afghans.

Before leaving Afghanistan for India, Pompeo on Tuesday underscored Khalilzad’s strategy within the talks, which involves four interconnected issues: counterterrorism, foreign troop presence, inter-Afghan dialogue and a everlasting ceasefire.

The U.S. army assertion asserting the killings of the U.S. personnel was a terse two-paragraph announcement. It also stated the identities of the troopers would not be released till their families had been notified.