Two U.S. troops are killed by road­side bomb

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

KABUL, AFGHANISTA­N >> Two U.S. ser­vice mem­bers were killed and two oth­ers in­jured when their ve­hi­cle was hit by a road­side bomb in south­ern Afghanista­n, the U.S. mil­i­tary said in a state­ment Satur­day.

In keep­ing with de­fense depart­ment rules, the U.S. mil­i­tary did not iden­tify the ser­vice mem­bers.

The Tal­iban im­me­di­ately took re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack. A Tal­iban spokesman, Qari Yu­souf Ah­madi, said it oc­curred in the south­ern Kan­da­har prov­ince.

More than 2,400 U.S. ser­vice mem­bers have been killed in Afghanista­n. Last year was one of the dead­li­est for the United States, with 23 Amer­i­can troops killed, even as Wash­ing­ton en­gaged in peace talks with the Tal­iban.

The lat­est at­tack seemed cer­tain to stall fresh ef­forts to restart the on-again, off-again peace talks be­tween Wash­ing­ton and the Tal­iban.

U.S. peace en­voy Zal­may Khalilzad has been press­ing the in­sur­gents to de­clare a cease-fire or at least re­duce vi­o­lent at­tacks.

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