Taliban storm hotel building in west Afghanistan

Nellie Chapman
July 14, 2019

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

In a tweet, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said two American soldiers were killed and three wounded in a bomb attack in Wardak province. "All sides also welcomed intra-Afghan meetings held in Moscow and Doha", the statement said.

An attack on a commercial building housing a hotel and shops in Qala-e-Naw, the capital of Badghis province in western Afghanistan, killed four security personnel and wounded 20 others, including civilians, officials said on Saturday.

Badghis Governor Abdul Ghafoor Malakzai gave a conflicting account, telling RFE/RL that there were four attackers.

Separately, Afghanistan's Islamic State affiliate claimed Friday's suicide attack that killed 6 people.

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The U.S. military said on June 26, two of its service members were killed in Afghanistan, but did not offer any details surrounding the circumstances of their deaths.

The killings occurred a day after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a quick visit to the Afghan capital of Kabul where he said Washington was hopeful of a peace deal before September 1.

Between January and March this year, air operations by Afghan and global forces have caused at least 145 deaths, accounting for almost 25 percent of the total deaths during that period, UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in its quarterly report in April.

The soldier is the 10th member of the U.S. military to be killed this year - compared to 12 in all of 2018. The United States does not use tanks in Afghanistan.

The U.S. top negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad described the recent discussions as "the most productive session to date".

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