Kabul – US and Afghan military personnel were shot dead during an operation in Nangarhar province of eastern Afghanistan, US military forces reported on Saturday.
Several US elements were killed or injured in the attack, but the exact number or other details were not provided, said a US official who agreed to talk about the incident only on condition of anonymity.
Colonel Sonny Leggett, a spokesman for US forces, said in a statement that both Afghan and US personnel were “engaged in a direct shooting.”RELATED
“We are evaluating the situation,” Leggett said, without providing information on possible deaths or other details.
The Taliban and a group affiliated with the Islamic State operate in Nangarhar. The incident occurs while Washington seeks to end the 18-year war in Afghanistan, the longest in which the United States has engaged.
Washington’s peace envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, has been meeting with Taliban representatives in Qatar in recent weeks with the intention of reaching a pact to reduce hostilities and finalize a peace agreement that would start negotiations between Afghans in Both sides of the conflict.
In his speech during the State of the Union on Tuesday, President Donald Trump made reference to peace negotiations by pointing out that US soldiers should not function as “police” of other nations.
“In Afghanistan, the determination and courage of our war fighters has allowed us to make tremendous progress, and peace negotiations are ongoing,” he said.