first published on June 26, 2019 by Will
Two American troops were killed earlier today, June 26, in Afghanistan according to an Operation Resolute Support press release.
The identities of the service members have not yet been released, pending notification of their next of kin. However, the New York Times claimed the fallen troops were “soldiers.”
The Times also quoted Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, who took credit for the attack, saying the troops were killed in an ambush in Wardak province. It’s not uncommon for insurgent type forces to use the term “ambush” for any kind of engagement to include roadside bombs and indirect fire.
The total number of US service members killed in Afghanistan in 2019 now sits at nine. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had just made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan yesterday, in which he reasserted the importance of the ongoing peace negotiations with the Taliban, which are taking place in Qatar.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 26, 2019