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Afghanistan: US soldier died in a combat mission

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — A US soldier died in Afghanistan on Thursday, reports the command of the international operation “Strong Support”, which is held in the country by NATO.

Details of the incident and the identity of the deceased were not disclosed “until the immediate relatives are notified.” All that is specified is that a soldier was killed during a “mission” on Thursday.

Last week, two American soldiers were also killed during a combat mission.

Since 2001, the United States and its allies have been conducting an operation in Afghanistan against the Taliban and other groups, including the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda. During this time, about 1.9 thousand American military personnel and civilian specialists were killed in the country.

The United States has been negotiating with the Taliban for a settlement in Afghanistan in recent months. Khalilzad said earlier that the draft US agreement with the Taliban is aimed at establishing peace in Afghanistan, and not at the withdrawal of troops, which will depend on the situation in the country.

Prior to this, the negotiators stated that they were discussing several key points, in particular, the timing of the withdrawal of American troops from the country, the ban on the use of the territory of Afghanistan to attack other countries, a general ceasefire and inter-Afghan dialogue.

US President Donald Trump said that there will be no complete withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. According to him, the country will remain 8600 US military. Now there are about 13 thousand troops.

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