Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan in Taliban Ambush

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, is greeted by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on June 25, 2019, during an unannounced visit. At right is Afghan Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin, AP)

Two U.S. service members were killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the American-led NATO mission in Afghanistan said in a statement.

The identities of the soldiers were being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The statement did not offer any details surrounding the circumstances of their deaths.

A spokesman for the Taliban, Zabihullah Mujahid, said the two service members were killed in an ambush in eastern Wardak Province, The New York Times reports.

The deaths occurred one day after an unannounced visit to Kabul, the Afghan capital, by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Meanwhile, the U.S. is holding direct talks with the Taliban in Doha, the Qatari capital. The seventh round of the talks are scheduled to begin on Saturday.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Doug Stanglin