USA troops killed on a mission in Afghanistan

Two U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan NATO says

Two American service members killed in Afghanistan operation

Two United States service members were killed in Afghanistan on Friday, according to a statement from the NATO-led worldwide military coalition in Kabul.

They were killed while conducting an operation Friday, the statement said. It also did not release the identities of the deceased, asserting that the names of the service members killed in action would be withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete, in accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy. Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, said the fighting was still underway Friday; he claimed the insurgents had killed as many as three Americans and nine Afghan commandos.

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

It comes as talks between the US and Taliban militants drag on in a bid to reach a peace agreement.

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More than 14 thousand US troops are stationed in Afghanistan with majority operating within the framework of Resolute Support Mission to train, advice, and assist the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.

The deaths occurred as the USA grapples with how to extricate itself from its longest war. But the Taliban subsequently regrouped while Washington shifted its attention to Iraq's Saddam Hussein, and by 2009, the war had become a stalemate.

A US soldier watches Afghan Commandos take part in a combat training exercise at Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 27, 2017. Zalmay Khalilzad, is now hosting his counterparts from Russia, China, and the European Union in Washington to discuss the nascent peace talks, according to the State Department.

But he was unable to persuade the Taliban to launch talks with the Afghan government.

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Peace talks between the United States and the Taliban have intensified in recent months, negotiations that have rankled the Afghan government in Kabul, which has been excluded from the process. In exchange, the US would agree to withdrawing forces.

Last year, 13 US service members were killed in Afghanistan.

The war has taken a much larger toll on Afghan security forces and civilians.

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