Georgian soldier killed, 2 Americans wounded in latest Afghan attack — U.S. military

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"We are ready to have friendly ties with those who refrain from interfering in Afghan affairs and recognize Afghanistan as an independent and sovereign country", he said in response to a question about his party's policy towards the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Both attacks were claimed by the Taliban.

On Thursday, another soldier was killed outside Kabul and six others were wounded.

The wounded were all in stable condition and being treated in the United States military hospital at the Bagram airfield north of Kabul, Salvin said.

The incident occurred in Qarabagh district.

A Georgian soldier was killed in an attack on one such patrol in September 2015, which was the country's last combat fatality in Afghanistan before Thursday's attack.

Trump, according to the NBC report, also said he was considering firing the commander of us troops in Afghanistan, Army Gen. John Nicholson.

"The commitment of Georgia as our largest non-NATO contributor is vital to our mission and we are honored to stand beside them under these hard circumstances", Nicholson said.

Kremlin says new European Union sanctions in direct violation of worldwide law
Moscow criticized the EU's decision as an unfriendly and groundless act and said it reserved the right to take retaliatory steps. The EU's stance against Russian interference in Ukraine began in 2014 when Moscow led a campaign to annex Crimea.

Two US soldiers died when a Taliban suicide bomber rammed a vehicle filled with explosives into their convoy in Kandahar on Wednesday.

An estimated 8,400 USA 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.

Hezb-e-Islami chief also charged leaders of a newly-formed opposition alliance for indulging in ethnic politics on the directives of foreign powers - a claim the alliance formed by Vice President Abdul Rasheed Dostum, Balkh province Governor Atta Mohammad Noor and deputy to the chief executive officer of the NUG Mohammad Mohaqeq rejects. The incident is still under investigation and a joint USA and Afghan delegation earlier visited the area.

The Taliban control at least 80 per cent of Helmand province and have intensified attacks in neighbouring Uruzgan and Kandahar provinces.

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. Christopher Michael Harris, 25, of Jackson Springs, N.C., were killed when a auto bomb detonated near their convoy, the Pentagon said in a release late Thursday.

IS considers Shiite Muslims as apostates and frequently targets them in attacks.

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