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Pentagon confirms death of US soldier in Afghanistan.

WASHINGTON, Aug 31 (KUNA) -- The Pentagon confirmed Saturday the death of a US soldier supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel in Afghanistan. The soldier died on August 29 "as a result of wounds sustained while engaged in combat operations in Zabul Province, Afghanistan," the Pentagon said in a statement, adding that the incident is under investigation. Meanwhile, US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad tweeted that he raised the Kunduz attack in talks today, "telling the Taliban that violence like this must stop." "Ultimately, war will only end when all sides agree it must end. All Afghans must come together in intra-Afghan negotiations to achieve a political settlement and comprehensive ceasefire," he stressed. He added, "I am confident we are on the only practical path to reducing violence and achieving peace." On Friday, President Donald Trump affirmed that the US is having "very good negotiations going on with the Taliban, and the Taliban is saying they're going to do things. We'll see if that's so." "We haven't made a deal yet," he added and reiterated that the US troops there will be reduced to about 8,600. (end)

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Date:Aug 31, 2019
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