Two US servicemembers killed in Afghanistan

Saul Bowman
March 24, 2019

Two US service members were killed in Afghanistan Friday, NATO said, withholding further details until the soldiers' next of kin are informed.

On November 27 previous year, three United States soldiers were killed and three wounded in a bombing near Ghazni, taking to 12 the number of American service personnel to die in Afghanistan in 2018.

Army Sgt. Cameron Meddock, a member of the elite Ranger regiment, died on January 17 in Germany from wounds he sustained during combat.

The US military's mission is focused on guiding and aiding Afghan forces battling the Taliban, who were ousted from power in 2001. Afghan troops were also killed in the incident. But the Taliban subsequently regrouped while Washington shifted its attention to Iraq's Saddam Hussein, and by 2009, the war had become a stalemate. USA special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with Taliban representatives in Qatar earlier this month, reaching two "draft agreements", the AP reports. Some 8,500 are training and advising Afghan security forces in stabilizing the country and battling the Taliban insurgency as part of the US -led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission.

It comes amid negotiations between the United States and Taliban insurgents to end the 17-year conflict in Afghanistan.


But he was unable to persuade the Taliban to launch talks with the Afghan government.

Last year, 13 US service members were killed in Afghanistan.

The two sides seem to be in agreement about the withdrawal of American forces, but divided over the timeline and whether a residual American force would remain.

The conflict has taken a much larger toll on Afghan security forces and civilians. Fraught negotiations continue between the USA and Taliban delegates, and some 14,000 US troops remain in the country.

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