US service member killed in Afghanistan

KABUL: A U.S. service member was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday, the NATO-led Resolute Assist mission mentioned in an announcement.

It gave no additional particulars and withheld the identify of the service member till the following of kin had been knowledgeable.

The most recent fatality brings the tally of U.S. service member deaths in Afghanistan to at the least seven in 2019.

About 20,000 international troops, most of them American, are in Afghanistan as a part of a U.S.-led NATO mission to coach, help and advise Afghan forces. Some U.S. forces perform counter-terrorism operations in opposition to hardline Islamist militant teams.

A report 3,804 Afghan civilians had been killed final yr as a result of stepped-up air assaults by U.S.-led forces and extra suicide bombings, the United Nations mentioned in a February report.

U.S. President Donald Trump desires to safe a political settlement with the Taliban to finish the 18-year warfare in Afghanistan. The Taliban, nevertheless, demand an entire international drive pull-out earlier than coming into into a proper peace settlement.

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