Two US service members were killed in Afghanistan Friday, NATO said, withholding further details until the soldiers' next of kin are informed. The statement also did not specify the location of the combat or say who the soldiers were fighting.
President Donald Trump is now planning to withdraw at least half of the 14,000 troops that remain in Afghanistan, which represent the majority of NATO's force.
The fatalities, which bring to four the number of USA soldiers killed so far this year in Afghanistan, underscore the difficulties in bringing peace to the war-wrecked country even as Washington has stepped up efforts to find a way to end the 17-year war, America's longest.
Marked area on map shows Kabul, Afghanistan. The Resolute Support Mission consists of 17,000 troops, about half of them from the United States.
Violence has been relentless in Afghanistan even though Taliban militants have held several rounds of talks with US officials about a peace settlement.
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That amounts to 105 percent compliance with pledged cuts, according to a Reuters calculation, up from January's rate. Crude inventories in the USA dropped, in contrast to a 3-million-barrel increase estimated in a Bloomberg survey.
US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, the Trump administration's main negotiator with the Taliban, concluded earlier this month a 13-day marathon session with leaders of the insurgent group.
The Taliban insists on a complete US withdrawal, but representatives of the Afghan government want some continued USA presence.
The lead USA negotiator, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, is now hosting his counterparts from Russia, China, and the European Union in Washington to discuss the nascent peace talks, according to the State Department. Ahmad Nader Nadery, who has advised Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, told NPR earlier this week that the government would like a "residual number" of US forces present for counterterrorism operations, training and advice. In exchange, the USA would agree to withdrawing forces.
More than 2,400 us military personnel have been killed and more than 20,000 have been wounded since the beginning of the Afghan War in October 2001.
Insurgent attacks on Afghan and global security forces are common in Afghanistan, especially in the southern and eastern provinces where Taliban has a major presence.