Published: Sat, January 11, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Two U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan

Two U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, with spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid saying on Twitter that the blast destroyed the vehicle, killing all on board.

Previous year was one of the deadliest for the USA military when it lost at least 19 service members in combat-related Afghan missions.

A NATO Resolute Support spokesman in southern Afghanistan confirmed the incident and said the situation was being assessed. The two US military deaths are the first this year in Afghanistan and continue a trend of increasing violence against American troops in that country that made 2019 the deadliest for USA forces there in five years.

Past year was the deadliest for United States forces in Afghanistan since combat operations officially finished at the end of 2014, highlighting the challenging security situation that persists.

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The latest attack seemed certain to stall fresh efforts to restart the on-again, off-again peace talks between Washington and the Taliban.

Earlier, both North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Afghan officials had confirmed a roadside bomb hit a US army vehicle Saturday, without mentioning casualties.

NATO's Resolute Support mission said the service members were conducting operations in southern Kandahar province when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device, or IED. In a short statement, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spokesman said that officials were still "assessing the situation and will provide more information as it became available".

The Afghan Interior Ministry reported on January 3 that 2,219 civilians were killed and 5,172 were wounded by Taliban militants previous year.

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