US soldier killed in Afghanistan: NATO

KABUL (AFP) – A United States (US) service member was killed in action in Afghanistan yesterday, NATO said, the latest international casualty that comes as the US tries to forge a peace deal with the Taleban.

It is the 10th member of the US military to be killed this year, compared to 12 in all of 2018.

“The name of the service member killed in action is being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete,” Resolute Support, the US-led NATO mission in Afghanistan, said in a statement.

NATO did not provide any additional details about what happened, and no insurgent group immediately claimed responsibility.

Two US troops were killed last month in an attack claimed by the Taleban, and the US and Afghan forces continue to conduct daily operations against the insurgents.

The US now has some 14,000 troops in Afghanistan – down from a peak of around 100,000 – most of them deployed to train and advise Afghan counterparts.

In the nearly 18 years since the US-led invasion to oust the Taleban in late 2001, nearly 2,300 American soldiers have died and more than 20,400 have been wounded.