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Deadliest year in Afghanistan for US since official end of ops

Twenty American soldiers have been recorded this year among those killed during the US conflicts in Afghanistan, making 2019 the deadliest year since Washington officially announced an end to operations in 2014.

A 33-year-old US Army Green Beret was the 20th person to die on Monday after sustaining injuries in an explosion in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz on December 22.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael James Goble was on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan, when he got killed.

Sgt. 1st Class Goble was more than just a member of the 7th Special Forces Group,” the group’s commander, Col. John Sannes, said in a statement from the US Army Special Operations Command. “He was a brother to us and a beloved family member to the Northwest Florida community.”

“We will honor our brother’s sacrifice and provide the best possible care to his family,” Sannes added, referring to Goble’s partner and their young daughter.

Since the US invaded Afghanistan, more than 2,400 American forces have been killed there in the alleged fight against Taliban terrorists.

This is while the US peace negotiations with the Taliban, which resumed in Qatar on December 7, have so far failed to bear any tangible results.