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Taliban storm hotel building in west Afghanistan

14 July 2019

The framework agreement includes a timeline for USA troops withdrawal from Afghanistan, a ceasefire and a Taliban guarantee to not allow foreign forces to use the country as a staging ground for foreign attacks.

The U.S. military says an American service member has been "killed in action" in Afghanistan but offered no further details about the service member's identity or circumstances surrounded the death.

In a tweet, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said two American soldiers were killed and three wounded in a bomb attack in Wardak province.

A record 3,804 Afghan civilians were killed past year due to stepped-up air attacks by US-led forces and more suicide bombings, the United Nations said in a February report.

Saturday's announcement brings the total number of US troop deaths in Afghanistan this year to 11, according to iCasualties, a website that tracks casualties of USA forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Both sides reported good progress in the talks, but daily carnage continues across Afghanistan and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation on Saturday announced the death of a United States service member who was killed in a Taliban-claimed attack.

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 killings occurred a day after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a quick visit to the Afghan capital of Kabul where he said Washington was hopeful of a peace deal before September 1.

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

The death was the first by a service member in Afghanistan this month. The statement also said the identities of the soldiers would not be released.

U.S. 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.

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

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it "killed and injured" a large number of "enemy fighters".

Taliban storm hotel building in west Afghanistan