US soldier dies in Taliban-claimed attack

A U.S. soldier died in combat on Monday in Afghanistan, the U.S. military said in a statement. 

The U.S. military announced the service member’s death without providing details. The name of the service member will be withheld for 24 hours after the next of kin is notified, the military said. 

The Taliban claimed it was behind a roadside bombing in northern Kunduz province that killed the U.S. soldier, according to The Associated Press. 


President TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer pro golfer advanced business interests of indicted Giuliani associates: report Republican group to run ads in target states demanding testimony from White House officials in Trump impeachment trial Mulvaney deputy tapped for White House tech post MORE revealed in September that he had canceled peace talks with the Taliban after a deadly attack in Kabul that left 12 people dead, including a U.S. service member. The Taliban also took credit for that attack.

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Trump then said during a surprise Thanksgiving visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan that the talks had resumed.

The latest fatality is the 20th U.S. death in Afghanistan this year, according to the AP. 

The U.S. hit its highest annual Afghan death toll since 2014 in August when two deaths brought the fatalities for 2019 to 14. Forty service members were killed in Afghanistan in 2014. 

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