Publicado: Sol, Julio 14, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

USA soldier killed in Afghanistan

USA soldier killed in Afghanistan

Kabul: A U.S. service member was killed in action in Afghanistan on Saturday, NATO said, in a Taliban-claimed attack that comes as America tries to forge a peace deal with the insurgents.

In a telephone interview, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed said the terrorist group was behind Saturday's killing, even as 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.

Qazi Abdul Rahim Rahin, a former lawmaker representing Badghis in the parliament said Mohammad Yousuf Akhgar, the police chief of district 3 of Qala-e-Naw Qazi lost his life in the attack. The bomber, a 13-year-old boy, killed six people and wounded several others.

The death on Saturday was the 10th US service member to die under hostile fire and the 12th overall this year.

Between January and March this year, air operations by Afghan and worldwide forces have caused at least 145 deaths, accounting for almost 25 percent of the total deaths during that period, UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in its quarterly report in April.

Earlier Saturday, the ISIS terrorists group's affiliate in Afghanistan claimed responsibility for a suicide attack Friday at a wedding in eastern Nangarhar province. Police said the attack targeted Malik Toor, a pro-government militia commander, who was killed in the blast.

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A spokesman for the Resolute Support mission said that in accordance with policy, no additional information will be released until 24 hours after the deceased's next of kin is informed.

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

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

It's unclear whether the death was related to a roadside bombing that the Taliban claimed Saturday, saying it had "blown apart" an armored US vehicle in an area of Wardak province along the Kandahar-Kabul Highway, about 50 miles south of the Afghan capital and some 25 miles west of a coalition base known as Camp Dahlke in Logar province.

China, Russia and the United States jointly welcomed Pakistan to a four-party consultation process and believed that Islamabad can play an important role in facilitating peace in Afghanistan, said a joint statement issued in Washington by Department of States.

Pompeo added that discussions with the Taliban have also begun on US troop withdrawal.

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