Updated Dec 23, 2019

U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan

A U.S. armored vehicle in Afghanistan in 2011. Photo: Bay Ismoyo/AFP via Getty Images

A U.S. service member was "killed in action" in Afghanistan on Monday, a Defense Department statement said, per Stars and Stripes. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the "blast in the northern province of Kunduz," Reuters reports.

The big picture: 20 American troops who have been killed in combat operations in Afghanistan — the most in one year to die fighting militant groups there since 2014, "when the Pentagon euphemistically announced the 'end of combat operations," the New York Times notes.

  • The service member's death comes as the U.S. and the Taliban hold peace talks in Qatar.

What they're saying: "In accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the name of the service member killed in action is being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete," the American military statement said.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Two U.S. service members killed in roadside explosion in Afghanistan

President Trump with American soldiers in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving 2019. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

The Taliban claimed responsibility for a roadside bomb that killed two U.S. service members and wounded two others on Saturday in southern Afghanistan, AP reports, citing a statement from the U.S. military and Qari Yusouf Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman.

Why it matters: More than 2,400 U.S. service members have been killed in Afghanistan since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion following the Sept. 11 attacks, AP writes. 23 U.S. soldiers died in 2019, making it the deadliest year for American service members since the U.S. amid attempted peace talks with the Taliban. The group now holds power over nearly half of Afghanistan.

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U.S. Special Forces soldier killed in Afghanistan identified

Sgt. 1st Class Michael James Goble, 33, a U.S. Special Forces Soldier, who died in Afghanistan on Monday. Photo: U.S. Army

The U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan on Monday has been identified as Sgt. 1st Class Michael James Goble, the Defense Department said in a statement announcing an investigation into the incident.

Details: The 33-year-old Green Beret from Washington Township, New Jersey, died of "injuries sustained while his unit was engaged in combat operations" in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan, the statement said. He's the 20th U.S. service member to be killed in the country this year. The Taliban claimed it carried out the attack.

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Editor’s note: The photo caption has been corrected to show that Sgt. 1st Class Michael James Goble died on Monday (not Sunday).

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Trump may reduce troops in Afghanistan without Taliban deal

Taliban leaders during peace talks with the U.S. in July in Qatar. Photo: Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images.

White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien told Axios in an exclusive interview that "it is possible" Trump will cut a deal with the Taliban this year but that even if a deal can't be struck, the president is still poised to reduce troops in Afghanistan.

Driving the news: "We're back in a situation where we're in talks with the Taliban," O'Brien said. "The Afghan forces are doing better, and I think we'll be in a position at some point soon, whether it's with a deal or without a deal, to reduce our military footprint in Afghanistan."

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