On Saturday, a U.S. military vehicle was traveling in the province of Kandahar when it was struck a roadside bomb that had been planted by the Taliban.
The Associated Press has reported that two U.S. soldiers were killed and two others were injured. The Taliban did not hesitate to claim responsibility. This tragedy marks the first deaths of the U.S. military in Afghanistan in 2020.
The U.S and the Taliban are involved in “stalled” peace talks. The U.S. is waiting for a response from the Taliban about potential and temporary ceasefire. A ceasefire could result in the withdrawal of some troops from the region.
So far, the Pentagon has not released the identity of the soldiers killed or that of those who were injured.
Since 2001, nearly 2,400 U.S. troops were killed in America’s longest-running war. There were 23 deaths in 2019.
Early this week a spokesperson for the Taliban stated that increased tensions between the U.S. and Iran would not impact peace talks.
“I think wider Afghan society is waiting to see if the Taliban are prepared to act differently and to sit down and try to work out a way to resolve differences within the society through something other than violence,” stated John Bass, who left his post as U.S. Ambassador in Kabul this week.
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Bass was the top diplomat in Afghanistan.
“The Eid cease-fire in 2018, in which Afghans for the first time in 18 years enjoyed three days of peace across the country,” Bass added, “demonstrates what is possible when the Taliban and the government listen to you and respond to that overwhelming desire of the Afghan people for peace.”