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US soldier killed in action after peace talks fizzle

US soldier killed in action after peace talks fizzle

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Sep 16, 2019 - 23:38

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Another US service member has been killed in action in Afghanistaninfo-icon, officials announced Monday, taking American fatalities in combat to 17 this year

The death was announced by NATOinfo-icon’s Resolute Support mission in a press release, withholding the name of the fallen soldier pending next of kin notification.

However, a defense official told Army Times on background that the fallen soldier was a Green Beret, but did not specify the operator’s unit.

No information was immediately available about where the service member was killed. A total of 20 US troops have been killed supporting operations in Afghanistan so far in 2019, according to media reports.

Seventeen of those troops were killed in combat. The other three died in non-combat incidents. At least two US military veterans who were working as defense contractors have also died in Afghanistan.

"In accordance with US Department of Defense policy, the name of the service member is being withheld until 24 hours after family notification is complete,” the release reads.

The death comes after peace talks between US diplomats and Talibaninfo-icon representatives broke down earlier this month in Doha and amid warnings from the top US general for NATO that he expects increased violence in Afghanistan as that country’s elections draw nearer.

The peace talks collapsed after a round of deadly attacks by insurgents in Kabul that killed 12 people, including an American soldier and a Romanian soldier.

Prior to the peace talks being called off, US President Donald Trump was mulling a potential reduction in US troop levels in Afghanistan down to 8,600.

Trump told reporters at the White House last week that the peace talks are “dead, as far as I’m concerned," and added that American troops have "hit the Taliban harder in the last four days than they’ve been hit in over 10 years.”

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