U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan, NATO mission says

Khalilzad is scheduled to travel to Kabul to "inform the top Afghan leaders about the peace deal and then finalize a declaration to end the war in Afghanistan", a senior US official privy to the peace negotiations told Reuters.

The attack came as the US resumed the 9th round of talks with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday.

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A United States envoy and the Taliban resumed negotiations Thursday on ending America's longest war after earlier signaling they were close to a deal. The Taliban member spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk with reporters.

So far this year, 14 American troops have died in Afghanistan in combat. Some U.S. forces carry out counter-terrorism operations.

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The two sides have held discussions over a potential agreement on four key issues: a Taliban guarantee that it will not allow foreign militants to use Afghanistan as a launchpad to conduct attacks outside the country, the complete withdrawal of US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces, an intra-Afghan dialogue and a permanent ceasefire.

Later, a USA official said the two service members died in combat from small-arms fire without providing further information.

The troop pullout is a key Taliban demand.

Meanwhile, the NATO-led Resolute Mission in Afghanistan has only confirmed the killing of two USA service members. President Donald Trump, who wants to bring home at least some of the 13,000 troops he says remain in Afghanistan before next year's election, was briefed on the negotiations Friday. "The Taliban does not respect the Afghan government", Trump said earlier this week, adding: "It is a unsafe place and we have to keep an eye on it".

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