Afghan forces likely will continue to clash with the Pakistani forces: Pentagon

Afghan forces likely will continue to clash with the Pakistani forces: Pentagon

It gave no further details and withheld the name of the service member until the next of kin were informed.

After almost 18 years, it is America's longest war, in which over 2,400 American service members have died.

The Washington Post reported Zabiullah Mujahid tweeted that two American soldiers were killed and three wounded in a bomb attack in Wardak province, west of Kabul, but offered no additional evidence. The discrepancy between the number of fatalities given by the USA and the Taliban could not immediately be explained, but the Taliban often exaggerate their claims.

The Nangarhar attack came three days after Afghan forces killed several civilians, including a mother and her six children, during an air and ground raid in the northern Baghlan province on Tuesday.

Officials said two of the gunmen were killed and one suspect had yet to be apprehended.

This brings to 12 the number of USA servicemembers killed in Afghanistan this year, all but two were combat-related.

Separately, Afghanistan's Islamic State affiliate claimed Friday's suicide attack that killed 6 people.

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The NATO-led security mission of about 20,000 foreign troops consists mainly of American soldiers and it is mandated to train, assist and advise Afghans security forces battling the Taliban.

American officials have expressed a desire to reach a peace deal by September 1, ahead of Afghan presidential elections scheduled for later that month.

The attackers took over a building near the governor´s office and police headquarters.

Indian security agencies said the terrorist cadre's shift to across the Durand Line has been done to avoid black-listing of Pakistan by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in its Paris conference later this year.

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

United States special envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, has been holding peace talks with Taliban aimed at hammering out the details of a framework agreement reached in January.

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