Two US servicemembers slain in combat in Afghanistan

Two US servicemembers slain in combat in Afghanistan

Two US servicemembers slain in combat in Afghanistan

The U.S. official told Fox News an Afghan soldier killed the two Americans in southern Afghanistan.

The names of the servicemembers are being withheld until next of kin are notified, in accordance with Pentagon protocol.

U.S. President Donald Trump wants combat forces reduced in Afghanistan by the next U.S. presidential election, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday, introducing a timeline to Washington's plan for cutting troop numbers there.

It is believed the Afghan soldier was wounded.

"He's been unambiguous: End the endless wars", Mr Pompeo said, speaking at the Economic Club of Washington.

Pompeo said Trump had directed him to reduce US troops before the 2020 presidential election.

As the Trump administration looks at exit plans, United States negotiators have been involved with peace talks between the Taliban and Afghan officials. The service branch of the two troops was not identified, nor was their location in Afghanistan or the nature of their deaths.

Pompeo and U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, the top United States official in negotiations with the Taliban, have stressed that all four conditions - counterterrorism assurances, troop withdrawal, participation in intra-Afghan dialogue & negotiations, and a permanent ceasefire - must be met for a comprehensive peace agreement.

Afghan security forces inspect the aftermath of Sunday's attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, July 29, 2019.

Pompeo also suggested that troop withdrawal is connected to how the U.S. president views his job performance, saying a reduction of forces is "not only my expectation, it would be job-enhancing".

The war in Afghanistan is America's longest.

This comes amid the ongoing peace efforts by the Afghan and USA governments.

More than 2,400 American troops have lost their lives - at least 10 in hostile conflict so far this year - according to Department of Defence reports.

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