Taliban Claims Credit After US Soldier Killed in Afghanistan Convoy Attack

Taliban reported attack destroyed a US vehicle in Kunduz

US officials reported one US soldier was killed Monday, though they offered no specifics on what happened, beyond it being a combat death within Afghanistan. This is the 20th US soldier killed in Afghanistan in 2019.

The Taliban issued its own statement taking credit for the incident, saying that they had ambushed a US convoy on Sunday night in the Char Dara District of Kunduz. They reported they’d also blown up a US vehicle in the fighting.

This is raising questions about the future of peace talks ongoing in Doha, as President Trump previously withdrew from the peace process with the Taliban in September after a US soldier was killed.

Over the weekend, it was reported that the Taliban’s elders have approved a ceasefire once a peace deal is signed, but this would obviously depend on the US continuing the peace deal to completion this time and not abandoning it.

Author: Jason Ditz

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