US Soldier Killed 'in Action,' Taliban Attack Afghan Police Base

REUTERS

REUTERS

A United States service member was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday, according to a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation statement.

The announcement was made in a statement by NATO's Operation Resolute Support, but offered no further details about how the service member was killed.

Qazi Abdul Rahim Rahin, a former lawmaker representing Badghis in the parliament said Mohammad Yousuf Akhgar, the police chief of district 3 of Qala-e-Naw Qazi lost his life in the attack.

More than 2,400 American military personnel have been killed since the war began and more than 20,000 others have been wounded.

The violence comes amid intensified USA -led efforts to strike a deal with the Taliban to bring an end to the 18-year-old Afghan war.

Separately, Afghanistan's Islamic State affiliate claimed Friday's suicide attack that killed 6 people. The fatality reportedly has brought to 2,430 the number of US service members killed since the Afghan war started in October of 2001.

Police had surrounded the targeted building, said Nasrat Rahimi, an interior ministry spokesman.

According to the US Department of Defense policy, the name of the service member killed in action is being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete.

The Taliban refused to hold direct talks with the Afghan government, calling it a US puppet, but have said they would talk with government officials if they arrive at the meeting as ordinary Afghans. The statement also said the identities of the soldiers would not be released.

The event comes days after the seventh round of talks between USA and Taliban representatives concluded in Doha, Qatar, which focused on the withdrawal of US troops and a permanent cease-fire.

The U.S. has been fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan since 2001.

Pakistan joined the three powers in talks in Beijing that come as the United States moves closer to an agreement with the Taliban to pull troops from Afghanistan and end its longest-ever war.