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Pakistan joins US-led call for Afghan ceasefire, talks

Pakistan joins US-led call for Afghan ceasefire, talks

"The attackers took over a building near the governor's office and police headquarters", Badghis Governor Abdul Ghafoor Malikzai told the AFP news agency.

It went on to claim the powerful blast struck an American armored personnel carrier, killing two "invaders [references to foreign troops] and injuring three others", though the insurgent claims are often inflated.

A United States service member was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday, according to a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation statement.

In a telephone interview, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed said the terrorist group was behind Saturday's killing, even as US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has been holding talks with the Taliban in recent weeks to try and negotiate an end to the war in Afghanistan.

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The NATO-led Resolute Support said it would not release the name of the soldier or give further details until 24 hours after giving notification of the death to the soldier's family. At the same time, an Afghan delegation and the members of the hardline Islamist militant group agreed on a "roadmap for peace". This brings to 12 the number of US servicemembers killed in Afghanistan this year, all but two were combat-related.

China, Russia and the United States jointly welcomed Pakistan to a four-party consultation process and believed that Islamabad can play an important role in facilitating peace in Afghanistan, said a joint statement issued in Washington by Department of States.

USA peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has been holding talks with the Taliban in recent weeks to try and negotiate an end to the war in Afghanistan.

The framework agreement includes a timeline for USA troops withdrawal from Afghanistan, a ceasefire and a Taliban guarantee to not allow foreign forces to use the country as a staging ground for foreign attacks.


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