U.S. service member killed in action in Afghanistan

A soldier with NATO forces stands guard during the graduation ceremony of newly Afghan National Army soldiers in Kabul

A soldier with NATO forces stands guard during the graduation ceremony of newly Afghan National Army soldiers in Kabul

The insurgents, who frequently exaggerate claims, said two U.S. "invaders" were killed and three wounded.

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 death will bring the total number of deaths among USA military in Afghanistan this year to 11, a website that tracks casualties of US forces, iCasualties, shows.

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A spokesman for the Resolute Support mission said that in accordance with policy, no additional information will be released until 24 hours after the deceased's next of kin is informed.

Two US troops were killed in the same area last month in another Taliban-claimed attack, while the US and Afghan forces continue to conduct daily operations against the insurgents. "All sides also welcomed intra-Afghan meetings held in Moscow and Doha", the statement said.

The Afghan interior ministry said security forces were locked in an intense exchange of fire with the assailants, killing two of them and trying to neutralize the rest.

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The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it used an improvised explosive device, or IED, to target a US vehicle in the Sayedabad District, a city in the Wardak Province.

After almost 18 years, it is America's longest war, in which over 2,400 American service members have died.

The Taliban rejects calls for a cease-fire until Washington agrees and announces a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan.

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