In Afghanistan, two U.S. service members were killed, the U.S. verified Wednesday, Aug. 21.

A press release from the NATO Resolute Support Mission said only that the deaths took place in Afghanistan on Wednesday and noted: “In accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the names of the service members killed in action are being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete.”

There is still no known cause of death or province where the event happened.

More than a dozen U.S. soldiers have been killed in fighting in Afghanistan.

It’s Operation Freedom’s Sentinel’s deadliest year since it started in 2014.

The deaths come only three weeks after the killing of two U.S. paratroopers in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province in Afghanistan.

The identities of the soldiers have been disclosed as Pfc. Stryker, Ohio, and Spc’s Brandon Jay Kreischer, 20. According to a Department of Defense a declaration published on July 30, for Michael Isaiah Nance, 24, of Chicago, Ill.

An Afghan soldier allegedly slaughtered Kreischer and Nance and the incident is under investigation.

President Trump reiterated his previous sentiment on Tuesday that the conflict in Afghanistan has been going on “long enough” and that the United States is attempting to reach a peace agreement that would involve the withdrawal of some U.S. soldiers, Military.com reported.

“We’ve been a peacekeeper there, in a way, for 19 years and, at a certain point, you have to say that’s long enough,” Trump said, adding that the United States will recall “some of our troops back, but we have to have a presence.”

According to Military.com, Acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Tuesday that the army had “not received any direct orders to do anything.”

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