U.S. forces say 2 American soldiers killed in Afghanistan

A U.S. soldier watches Afghan Commandos take part in a combat training exercise at Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province Afghanistan Aug. 27 2017

U.S. forces say 2 American soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Two American service members were killed during an operation in Afghanistan on Friday, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces have said, providing no further details on the combat deaths.

"In accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the name of the service members killed in action are being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete", North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said. In accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the names of the service members killed in action were being withheld until after notification of the next of kin.

The deaths are the third and fourth by USA service members in Afghanistan this year.

According to official figures, more than 2,000 American soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since the start of the war in 2001.

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It comes amid negotiations between the United States and Taliban insurgents to end the 17-year conflict in Afghanistan. In exchange, the US would agree to withdrawing forces.

The Afghan government has complained it is being left out of the talks, because of the Taliban's refusal to negotiate with what they consider "a USA puppet".

The Taliban insists on a complete US withdrawal, but representatives of the Afghan government want some continued USA presence. The Afghan government controls or influences territory where 63.5 percent of the population lives and 53.8 percent of total districts as of October, the SIGAR report said.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan's security forces and civilians continue to bear the brunt of deaths in the war.

More civilians were killed a year ago in Afghanistan than at any time since records have been kept, with 3,804 civilians losing their lives.

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