Afghan Taliban claim killing 7 US soldiers in a deadly attack in Afghanistan

Afghan Taliban claim killing 7 US soldiers in a deadly attack in Afghanistan
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KABUL - The Taliban claimed on Saturday to have killed seven members of the US military in an attack on a convoy near Bagram airfield north of Kabul.

American officials dismissed the claims as "lies".

On the other hand, Washington is hoping to strike an agreement with the Taliban by September 1 — ahead of Afghan polls due the same month, and US presidential polls next year.

The Doha talks are being held against a backdrop of persistent violence in Afghanistan .

On Wednesday, two US soldiers were killed by small arms fire in Faryab province in northern Afghanistan , the Pentagon said.

Shaheen, the Taliban spokesman, had said the deaths should have a "positive" impact on the talks in Doha.

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