2019-03-22 15:14:05 - Shiitenews

Two American Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan


Published in: AsiaTwo American service members were killed during an operation in Afghanistan on Friday, the NATO forces said, providing no further details on the combat deaths. The latest fatalities, which bring to four the number of US soldiers killed so far this year in Afghanistan, underscore the difficulties in bringing peace to the war-wrecked country even as Washington has stepped up efforts to find a way to end the 17-year war, the longest for the United States, Al-Jazeera reported. The US and NATO Resolute Support mission announced that the names of the service members killed in action were being withheld until after notification of the next of kin, in accordance with the US Department of Defense policy. The statement also did not specify the location of the combat or say who the soldiers were fighting. The incident is under investigation and we have no additional information to provide, said Sgt 1st Class Debra Richardson, a Resolute Support Spokeswoman. There are about 14,000 US forces in Afghanistan, supporting embattled Afghan forces as they struggle on two fronts - facing a resurgent Taliban which now holds sway over almost half the country and also the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) affiliate, which has sought to expand its footprint in Afghanistan even as its self-proclaimed caliphate has crumbled in Syria and Iraq. The US removed the Taliban from power in the 2001 invasion following the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and Washington. But the Taliban subsequently regrouped while Washington shifted its attention to Iraq s Saddam Hussein, and by 2009, the war had become a stalemate. The Pentagon has recently been developing plans to withdraw up to half of the American forces still in the country while at the same time stepping up efforts and having the US negotiate with the Taliban. US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, the Donald Trump administration s main negotiator with the Taliban, concluded earlier this month a 13-day marathon session with leaders of the armed group. Following several rounds of talks, held in Qatar where the Taliban maintains an office, Khalilzad said the two sides reached two draft agreements covering the withdrawal of US troops and guarantees that Afghanistan would not revert to a haven for terrorists . But he was unable to persuade the Taliban to launch talks with the Afghan government. The Taliban has consistently refused to hold dialogue with the government in Kabul, describing it as a US puppet . The two sides seem to be in agreement about the withdrawal of American forces, but divided over the timeline and whether a residual American force would remain. Last year, 13 US service members were killed in Afghanistan.

Read on the original site






khamenei.ir
Terrorist movements on Iran-Pakistan border seek to hurt two countries’ strong ties: Imam Khamenei
What would happen to the region if IRGC and Army hadn t got involved in the fight against ISIS?
Normalizing relations with the Zionists is blatant violation of the word of Quran
U.S. s plots against IRGC will boomerang on them: Imam Khamenei
U.S. opposes democracy and political activism in Iraq: Ayatollah Khamenei
Iraqi government should take actions to make U.S. troops leave Iraq: Ayatollah Khamenei
Ayatollah Khamenei agrees to pardon, reduce penalty of 1117 eligible convicts
God has determined the Front of Monotheism to win against Tyranny and USA: Imam Khamenei
God has deemed the Front of Monotheism to win against Tyranny and USA: Imam Khamenei
In recent flood, people’s enthusiasm to help, spirit to mobilize were astounding
We will defeat the enemy, but this is not economic deterrence is required
As predicted, Europe betrayed Iran on JCPOA
We will bring about US’s heaviest defeat throughout its history
Just like geographical borders, cultural frontiers need to be safeguarded: Imam Khamenei
Imam Khamenei’s statements when awarding Major General Soleimani with Order of Zolfaqar
Which book did Imam Khamenei present to the Prime Minister of Armenia?
The judiciary must adopt most serious measures to prevent transgression of forests
Contrary to what U.S. seeks, Iran-Armenia ties must remain strong, persistent and friendly: Ayatollah Khamenei
Just like the victory of the Prophets, the victory of the Islamic Revolution is definite
U.S. s conspiracy to remain in Iraq-Syria border will not be fulfilled
Rasanews
What is the life that is awaited for the believers in this world and material life?
The view of Islam towards the issue of the war
4 virtues that God grants only to noble humans
How we can be free and simultaneously respect the others’ freedom? Does the Freedom have limitation?
Saudi Arabia will be captured by Islamic strivers in near future
JCPOA was aimed at eliminating sanctions, I don’t trust the 3 EU states
Some advises for Muslims in the month of Rmadan
Warsaw Summit: Disgracing enemies of Islam
We should fill our hearts and souls with the Quran
In the story of Prophet Moses and the daughter of Prophet Shuaib, Holy Qoran teaches us that we should not be proud of our good deeds
Why are European governments not reliable?
‘Down with USA’ means down with the US ruling class
Imam Ali (a.s) recommended that the Supplication of Sha baniyyah be recited every day ‎during the lunar month of Sha ban
Imam Ali (a.s) recommended that the Supplication of Sha’baniyyah be recited every day ‎during the lunar month of Sha’ban.‎
The courageous Iraqi youth rushed to the battlefield against the ISIS like a flood
The fatwa of Ayatollah Sistani on the collective combat rescued Iraq
The fight against the enemies shouldn t be stopped
Some have forgotten the enmity of the Zionist Regime
The seminary and clerics acted brilliantly in helping the victims of floods
The seventh aid cargo provided by the seminary society were sent to the flood-stricken regions
RT
Zelensky wins 73.22% of vote in Ukraine’s presidential election runoff
‘Morning psycho’: Scarborough embraces Trump’s insulting nickname to mock president’s Twitter rant
Sudanese activists call for renewed protests to demand civilian authority
Imran Khan takes heat after ‘confessing’ that Pakistan-based terrorist groups led attacks on Iran
Israeli PM Netanyahu says he ll name Golan settlement after Trump
Former porn star Sunny Leone hits back at critics of career change (VIDEO)
FBI searched for Hitler after his supposed death, declassified documents reveal
Washington making ‘bad mistake by politicizing oil using it as a weapon’ – Tehran
‘Happy St George’s Day!’ tweet PM May Corbyn … errr it’s next Monday, says Church of England
PSG Man City: Why are Arab petrodollars failing to fuel European success?
Fight fire with fire: Hundreds of Indian men try to set each other ablaze to appease goddess (VIDEO)
Trump threatens EU with retaliation over ‘unfair’ tariffs on Harley-Davidson
European Commission rules out reworking of Brexit deal
Mesmerizing mermaids: Can underwater pole dancing become new aquatics sport? (PHOTOS)
Taliban tell police to leave S. Waziristan ahead of Pakistan PM’s visit
Sri Lanka blasts: ‘Some links’ to ISIS possible, 4th hotel targeted, might be more attacks, PM says
Kazakhstan’s Tokayev gets Nazarbayev’s backing, nominated for presidency
Is this man the puppet master of Ukraine’s new president or an overhyped bogeyman?
Is this man the puppet master of Ukraine’s new president or an overhyped bogeyman?
Chilling VIDEO shows suspected Sri Lanka church bomber moments before explosion