Two American soldiers were killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday, said the NATO-led Resolute Support mission.
The latest deaths bring the tally of US soldiers’ deaths in Afghanistan to at least six in 2019 and a total of at least 65 US military deaths since January 2015, according to US government and NATO reports.
This comes a day after, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who arrived in Kabul for an unannounced visit on Tuesday said that he hopes that Afghanistan will achieve a peace deal ahead of the Presidential Elections – scheduled for September 28.
“I hope we have a peace deal before September 1st. That’s certainly our mission,” he said.
In his visit to Kabul, Pompeo held talks with Afghan leaders. He said that in his meetings with President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, they agreed that peace is their highest priority and that Afghanistan must never serve as a platform for international terrorism.
He said that the US is ready to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan but added that the US has not provided the Taliban with the timeline.
He said the United States has not forgotten Afghanistan.
He added that the peace talks will move forward parallel with detailed talks with the government of Afghanistan.