Two U.S. Service Members Killed on NATO Mission in Afghanistan

Two U.S. Service Members Killed on NATO Mission in Afghanistan

A USA service member stands guard at Kandahar Air base in Afghanistan on January 23, 2018.

Two American service members lost their lives during an operation in Afghanistan early on Friday, the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission said.

Thirteen American service members were killed previous year in Afghanistan.

The two were killed "while conducting an operation", according to a statement from NATO's Resolute Support.

About 14,000 US troops remain in Afghanistan, a number President Trump plans to cut down by about half.

No details were provided, and their names will not be disclosed until 24 hours after their next of kin are notified, according to Department of Defense policy.

Fighting continues to flare across Afghanistan more than a week after the latest round of talks between the United States and the Taliban ended in Doha, as Washington continues to seek an end to the almost 18-year war.

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The U.S. war in Afghanistan is now in its 18th year.

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.

More than 2,400 USA military personnel have been killed and more than 20,000 have been wounded since the beginning of the Afghan War in October 2001.

The Taliban insists on a complete US withdrawal, but representatives of the Afghan government want some continued USA presence.

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

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

According to a recent report from the United Nations, more civilians were killed a year ago in Afghanistan than at any time since records have been kept, with 3,084 civilian deaths recorded in 2018 alone, including the deaths of 927 children.

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