Afghan Soldier Kills 2 U.S. Service Members, Officials Say

30 Juillet, 2019, 00:26 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Afghan Soldier Kills 2 U.S. Service Members, Officials Say

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Pompeo and U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, the top United States official in negotiations with the Taliban, have stressed that all four conditions - counterterrorism assurances, troop withdrawal, participation in intra-Afghan dialogue & negotiations, and a permanent ceasefire - must be met for a comprehensive peace agreement.

The announcement came from the headquarters of Operation Resolute Support, the NATO-led mission to train, advise and assist Afghan troops in defending themselves.

The service members, who were unidentified, were killed when a member of the Afghan security forces opened fire on them in Kandahar, NBC News reported.

In a statement, the Taliban said an "unidentified Afghan soldier fired his gun. killing two USA soldiers and wounding three".

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The NATO announcement follows the Sunday suicide bomber attack on Amrullah Saleh, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's running mate in the upcoming September elections.

More than 2,400 American military personnel have been killed since the war began and more than 20,000 others have been wounded.

The Resolute Support Mission did not disclose further information regarding the circumstances that led to the killing of the two US service members.

"He's been unambiguous: End the endless wars, draw down, reduce".

"That's my directive from the president of the United States", Pompeo told The Economic Club of Washington when asked whether he expects Trump to reduce troops in Afghanistan before the November 2020 election. "It won't just be us". On Monday, he said there had been "real progress" in negotiations. "It would be job enhancing".

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