American service member killed in 'insider attack' in Afghanistan

A U.S. service member was killed and two others were wounded in an “apparent insider attack” in southern Afghanistan

The Taliban released a statement saying an Afghan soldier fired on USA troops in the province of Uruzgan, Reuters reported.

Pompeo arrived unannounced to meet with President Ashraf Ghani over potential peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began a series of meetings with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts on Sunday after North Korea accused him of making "gangster-like" demands during two-days of talks in Pyongyang.

The statement added a new war stagey - announced planned by President Donald Trump - was being executed in Afghanistan.

Pompeo said the Afghan people deserve peace and the government should do more to end the 17-year war despite the Taliban repeatedly rejecting calls for peace talks. The US, he said is very hopeful that that will lead to a successful reduction in violence as we move into the elections.

The ambush occurred in southern Afghanistan, U.S. military officials said in a written statement.

"If we think only in one day, a 40-year crisis can be ended we are being unrealistic", Ghani told Pompeo.

Earlier this month, the US Department of Defence informed in a report to Congress that it, too, was making efforts to persuade Afghanistan's neighbours to support the proposed peace talks with the Taliban.

According to leading Pakistani paper, Daily Times, an invitation letter has been sent to scholars in Pakistan and Afghanistan in which all armed groups in Afghanistan have been declared terrorists; the letter is signed by Yousef A Al-Othaimeen, OIC secretary-general and a former Saudi cabinet minister.

The 119-page report underlines USA efforts to end its longest war with a combination of military and diplomatic efforts and recognises the key role that Pakistan can play in achieving this target.

"We think each of those is greatly increased as a result of the strategy that President Trump laid out now nearly 12 months ago", he said.

The incident marks the first combat fatality for the USA military in Afghanistan since April 30 and the second there this year.

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