US service member killed in Afghanistan

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The Resolute Support mission gave no further details and withheld the name of the service member until the next of kin were informed. It is America's longest war and over 2,400 American service members have died fighting it.

"The attackers took over a building near the governor's office and police headquarters", Badghis Governor Abdul Ghafoor Malikzai told the AFP news agency.

In a tweet, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said two American soldiers were killed and three wounded in a bomb attack in Wardak province. The discrepancy between the number of fatalities given by the US and the Taliban could not immediately be explained, but the Taliban often exaggerate their claims.

Four members of the Afghan security forces were killed and 20 people wounded, including civilians, the ministry said.

He said three attackers were killed by security forces and two others were arrested.

Earlier Saturday, the ISIS terrorists group's affiliate in Afghanistan claimed responsibility for a suicide attack Friday at a wedding in eastern Nangarhar province.

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The four countries held talks in Beijing from July 11-12 amid USA and global efforts to end the almost 18-year war in Afghanistan.

Some 14,000 American troops are deployed there and engaged in counterterrorism operations against al-Qaida and Islamic State fighters and training and advising Afghan security forces. The United States does not use tanks in Afghanistan.

The Hindustan Times reported that both the Pakistan-based groups have joined hands with the Afghan Taliban and Afghan insurgent group, Haqqani Network, across the Durand Line that separates Pakistan from Afghanistan, for training their extremist cadre in subversive activity.

US military statement announcing the killings of the USA service members was a terse, two-paragraph announcement.

USA peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has been holding talks with the Taliban in recent weeks to try and negotiate an end to the war in Afghanistan.

Furthermore, Pentagon said Afghan security forces likely will continue to clash with Pakistani forces along the border.

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