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Four U.S. Soldiers Killed In Afghan Attack

The Taliban says it fired the rockets into Bagram Airfield that killed four U.S. soldiers.

The attack north of Kabul came just hours after Taliban leaders said they were ready to start peace talks with the United States in Qatar later this week.

In a statement, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said militants fired “two big rockets” into the Bagram compound late on June 18.

Mujahid said that despite the Taliban’s willingness to join peace talks, Taliban fighters are prepared to eliminate “these havens of an American presence.”

A U.S. official confirmed that four U.S. soldiers were killed by indirect fire, likely a mortar or rocket.

The attack came hours after U.S. and NATO-led forces formally handed over the leadership of security operations in Afghanistan to Afghan forces.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, AFP, and RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan