A soldier with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces stands guard during the graduation ceremony of newly Afghan National Army soldiers in Kabul on July 10, 2019.
KABUL, Afghanistan-An American service member was "killed in action" in Afghanistan, the USA military said Saturday, July 13, without offering further details about the service member's identity or the circumstances surrounding their death.
The blast killed two US soldiers and wounded three others, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter.
The Nangarhar attack came three days after Afghan forces killed several civilians, including a mother and her six children, during an air and ground raid in the northern Baghlan province on Tuesday.
The death will bring the total number of deaths among US military in Afghanistan this year to 11, a website that tracks casualties of USA forces, iCasualties, shows.More news: Cape Town overwhelmed by violence, military deployed
The U.S. servicemember's death on Saturday comes less than a month after two American troops were killed by small-arms fire in southern Uruzgan province.
Separately, Afghanistan's Islamic State affiliate claimed Friday's suicide attack that killed 6 people.
The U.S. has been fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan since 2001.
American officials have expressed a desire to reach a peace deal by September 1, ahead of Afghan presidential elections scheduled for later that month.
"The attackers took over a building near the governor's office and police headquarters", Badghis Governor Abdul Ghafoor Malikzai told the AFP news agency.More news: Matthijs De Ligt close to Juventus after skipping Ajax training camp
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, walks from a helicopter with U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass in Kabul, Afghanistan on June 25, 2019.
The United States and Afghanistan have long accused Pakistan of providing "safe havens" for the Taliban on its soil.
The veteran USA diplomat also denied that the United States was "cutting and running" from the war-torn country as it negotiates a peace agreement with the Taliban.
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