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Taliban claims to have killed US soldier in Afghanistan

The Taliban claimed to have killed a US soldier in Afghanistan and are confirmed to have conducted a deadly attack on another checkpoint in the country, as fighting continued this week.

Taliban media outlets published photographs of a US military identity card, after the soldier had died in the Kunduz province. Washington says the soldier was killed as he investigated a weapons cache that exploded. The group also claims to have wounded an “Afghan commando” in the blast.

Meanwhile in the Balkh province, Afghanistan’s defence ministry confirmed that at least 7 Afghan soldiers had died in a Taliban attack on an army checkpoint. The Taliban claimed as many as 20 soldiers had been killed.

Fierce fighting has continued to take place across the country, with 2019 now the deadliest year for US troops in Afghanistan since 2014.

See more from The Times here and Al Jazeera here.