Pentagon identifies two USA troops killed in Afghanistan

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Also on Friday, Afghan forces battled Taliban fighters in Greshk district, one of the most heavily fought-over areas in the southern province of Helmand, where the insurgents have control of nine of 14 districts, according to USA figures. "The Taliban are the enemy of the Afghan people".

As we reported Wednesday, the Taliban claimed one of its militants carried out a suicide attack with a truck packed with explosives.

So far, nine US soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan this year.

It said that another five soldiers and an interpreter were injured; adding that they were in stable condition and being treated at nearby Bagram Airfield, the largest USA base in the country.

The U.S. military in Afghanistan says that four American troops were wounded in the same suicide bombing near the city of Kandahar the previous day that killed two U.S. service members.

Helmand governor's spokesperson, Omar Zwak, told Al Jazeera clashes were ongoing on Friday between Afghan security forces and the fighters in the area.

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According to the statement, one Romanian soldier, as well as one Afghan police officer were injured and sent to medical facilities.

The incident occurred in Qarabagh district outside the capital, Kabul. They also claimed an earlier suicide bomber used a motorbike to attack a US convoy in the same area, killing 11 USA troops.

The nascent Afghan National Defense and Security Forces established with the support of the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation have been struggling since in the wake of ragging armed insurgency by the Taliban and a number of other armed groups.

At least 36 people were killed and 42 others wounded last week after a vehicle bomb struck a bus carrying employees from Afghanistan's ministry of mines and petroleum in western Kabul. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

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