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.