News ID: 257648
Published: 1106 GMT August 22, 2019

NATO: Two US service members killed in Afghanistan

NATO: Two US service members killed in Afghanistan

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has confirmed the death of two US service members in Afghanistan.

The coalition's press office announced that the two US service members were killed while being on a NATO-led mission in Afghanistan on Wednesday. The office abstained to provide the press with any details about the place of their death.The identities of the troops were also not disclosed.

The incident brings to 16 the number of US forces killed in Afghanistan since the beginning of 2019, Presstv Reported.

Nearly 20,000 foreign troops, mostly Americans, remain in the war-torn country some 18 years after invading Afghanistan.

The US and its allies invaded Afghanistan in October 2001, shortly after the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington. While the invasion ended the Taliban’s rule in the country, it has failed to eliminate the militant group. The Daesh terrorist group has also emerged in the Asian country more recently.

During the last years, Washington has attempted to negotiate an alleged peace deal with the Taliban, which now controls or influences a significant portion of Afghanistan's territory.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump undermined expectations for reaching a peace deal on Tuesday, saying: “I don’t know whether or not that plan’s going to be acceptable to me.”

He also warned that he could “win” the Afghanistan war "in a week" without using nuclear weapons, insisting that the effort “would have to” involve killing 10 million Afghans.

 

 

   
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