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Taliban gunmen seize building in Afghan town

Taliban gunmen seize building in Afghan town

The deaths raise the number of US service members killed in action in Afghanistan so far this year to nine, matching the total for all of 2016.

Two Afghan police officers were killed and a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation soldier was wounded in an apparent insider attack in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said.

"Afghan commandos killed two armed men in money exchange market building at midday and efforts are underway to kill or capture remaining militants", the statement reads.

Prior to those attacks, two Romanian special forces troops were killed and another wounded in May 2016 when a local Afghan policeman opened fire on them.

The NATO-led coalition is made up of some 13,500 troops from 39 different countries.

An estimated 8,400 US troops are serving in Afghanistan, where they train and advise the Afghan military in the fight against the Taliban and the ISIS affiliate in that country.

The attack was seen as a reminder of the dangers posed to the 8,400 USA service members now in Afghanistan as President Donald Trump weighs sending thousands more troops to fight America's longest war.

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A USA official on Wednesday said the convoy was on a routine training, advisement and assistance mission when it was attacked.

The attacks in Helmand, one of the most insecure provinces in Afghanistan, where militants control large swathes of land, targeted security forces in Grishk district from late Thursday to Friday afternoon.

In its claim of responsibility, the Taliban said a roadside bomb killed seven foreigners and an unknown number of Afghan troops who were dismounted and walking along the Kabul-Bagram highway.

On Wednesday, two USA service members - Sgt. Jonathon Michael Hunter, 23, and Spc.

On Wednesday an attack in Kandahar killed two U.S. Army soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division.

Nicholson six months ago requested several thousand more troops to change the course of the 16-year conflict, which he described at the time as a "stalemate". The Trump administration is now weighing whether to boost the force or scale it down, with the president questioning the value of extending the USA commitment.


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