USA service member killed in Afghanistan, 6th this year

Cheryl Sanders
September 5, 2018

Six U.S. troops have been killed in Afghanistan this year.

General Scott Miller, who took command of USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Afghanistan on Sunday, said the soldier's death was "a tragic loss".

The last time a USA soldier was killed in an insider attack was on July 7 in the country's south. Joseph Maciel and two other members of the team providing security for a new Security Force Assistance Brigade in Afghanistan were killed in an apparent insider attack at the airport in Tarin Kowt in Uruzgan Province in southern Afghanistan.

Miller, an Army general, took over command from Army Gen. John Nicholson on Sunday in Kabul.

The handover comes at a time when Afghan forces are struggling to contain a resurgent Taliban and an increasingly powerful Daesh affiliate.

Austin Miller has assumed command of the 41-nation North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission in Afghanistan following a handover ceremony. "We believe that the best way to get there is to ensure Taliban recognizes they can't win on the battlefield, they must negotiate".

The United States is now a year into its strategy of stepping up pressure on the Taliban by increasing airstrikes and sending thousands more troops to train and advise Afghan forces, but clear signs of success have so far proved elusive.

It was reported around 16 people were killed and 40 injured - the majority of them Afghan security forces.

Taliban commander Agha said: "Enemy is first ISIS, then government".

Even with a shared ISIS enemy and a common goal of ridding the country of ISIS, the Taliban still view the U.S. and the Afghan government with distrust.

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