Two US troops killed in Afghanistan, two others wounded

Two US troops killed in Afghanistan, two others wounded

Two American service members were killed on Thursday fighting the Taliban near the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, and more than 30 civilians were killed in air strikes called in to protect Afghan and US troops, officials said. Their deaths came during an operation that Kunduz officials say also left 30 Afghan civilians dead.

"On behalf of all of U.S. Forces - Afghanistan, today's loss is heartbreaking and we offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of our service members who lost their lives today".

Two other US service members were wounded in the attack.

The Taliban attacked the soldiers while they were taking part in a "train, advise and assist mission" in Kunduz district, according to a statement by the press office of the U.S. army in Afghanistan.

The deaths come a month after another US service member was killed on an operation against Daesh fighters in the eastern province of Nangarhar.

Taliban fighters briefly overran the city of Kunduz, the provincial capital with the same name, in early October, a show of strength by the insurgents that also highlighted the troubles facing local Afghan forces 15 years after the USA -led invasion of the country. During the raid, Afghan and US forces met fierce resistance and the Afghan special forces called in air strikes, Danish told NBC News.

The target of the raid were two senior Taliban commanders, who were killed in the fighting along with 63 other insurgents, Kunduz police chief Gen. Qasim Jangalbagh said. "We will honor their sacrifice by finishing our important mission in Afghanistan". "The area is now in government control and the incident is being investigated", Danish said. An American civilian was also killed in October.

The deaths underline the precarious security situation around Kunduz, which Taliban fighters came close to over-running last month, a year after they briefly captured the city in their biggest success in the 15-year long war.

Despite President Barack Obama declaring the Afghan combat mission over in 2014, American warplanes have carried out more than 700 airstrikes on the country this year - far surpassing the 500 of last year - according to Reuters. It was attacked again by Taliban fighters in October.



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