The Pentagon announced on Saturday that a U.S. service member had been killed “in action” in Afghanistan, the Washington Times reported. The name of the service member had not yet been released because next of kin had not been notified.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the killing, but the exact circumstances were not yet known. It is the fourth U.S. service member death in a month. 11 members of the U.S. military have been killed this year.
The U.S. and Afghanistan are in the process of peace talks to end the 18-year war there, but the Taliban has recently increased hostilities. Dozens of Afghanis including children were killed in a Kabul attack earlier this month.
The increase in Taliban hostilities may be an attempt to stall peace talks or a move in anticipation of more U.S. troops leaving the country.
Trump has moved in recent months to pull more U.S. troops out of various locations around the world.
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