Two US soldiers killed in Afghanistan, say North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Sergio Conner
March 22, 2019

"In accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the name of the service members killed in action are being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete", North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said.

Markus Potzel, Germany's Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan in a tweet on Friday made the announcement and said a vast majority in German Parliament voted for an extension of Germany military's contribution to the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.

The statement didn't specify the location of the combat or say who the soldiers were fighting.

The US removed the Taliban from power in the 2001 invasion following the September 11, 2001 attacks in NY and Washington.

On November 27 a year ago, three USA soldiers were killed and three wounded in a bombing near Ghazni, taking to 12 the number of American service personnel to die in Afghanistan in 2018.

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This marks the third and fourth USA military deaths in Afghanistan in 2019 and comes as the Trump administration has sought to negotiate with the Taliban to help bring the conflict to an end.

The deaths are the latest casualties to hit the worldwide coalition amid ongoing peace talks between Washington and the Taliban.

Violence has been relentless in Afghanistan even though the Taliban have held several rounds of talks with U.S. officials about a peace settlement.

The talks have also opened a rift between Washington and Kabul, with some Afghan officials accusing the USA of sidelining the Afghan government.

The two sides seem to be in agreement about the withdrawal of American forces, but divided over the timeline and whether a residual American force would remain.

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