US Service Member ‘Killed in Action’ in Afghanistan

Pakistan joins US-led call for Afghan ceasefire, talks

The assault took place in Qala-i-Naw, the capital of the western province of Badghis when attackers struck a commercial area housing the hotel and several shops in the small city.

Four Afghan security forces were killed Saturday when Taliban insurgents attacked a hotel, officials said, as violence continues across Afghanistan despite US-led efforts to end the war.

Mujahed said two USA service personnel were killed when Taliban militants attacked a tank in Sayed Abad district of central Wardak province, barely 40 miles south of the Afghan capital, Kabul.

The death will bring the total number of deaths among US military in Afghanistan this year to 11, a website that tracks casualties of USA forces, iCasualties, shows.

At least four Afghan security forces and a USA service member have been killed in two separate attacks claimed by the Taliban as violence continues across Afghanistan despite efforts to end the 18-year war.

Cadre of terror groups Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) have shifted to Kunar, Nangarhar, Nuristan and Kandahar provinces of Afghanistan after Indian Air Force's strike on the Balakot terror camp in Pakistan.

The U.S. military said on June 26, two of its service members were killed in Afghanistan, but did not offer any details surrounding the circumstances of their deaths.

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

Taliban has claimed that they have attacked the police headquarters in the province. The United States does not use tanks in Afghanistan. The statement also said the identities of the soldiers would not be released.

The report said "The Afghanistan-Pakistan border region remains a sanctuary for various groups, including the Taliban and its component Haqqani Network (HQN), al-Qa'ida core (AQ), al-Qa'ida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT), Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), ISIS-K, and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU)".

The violence comes amid intensified USA -led efforts to strike a deal with the Taliban to bring an end to the 18-year-old Afghan war.

Rahimi added that a number of civilians have also been affected in the attack.

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.

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