Afghan war caused 100000 civilian casualties in last decade

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His death on Monday makes it the deadliest year for US forces since the official end of combat operations was declared in 2014.

The remains of a 33-year-old American soldier from New Jersey who was killed in combat in Afghanistan have been returned to the United States, arriving at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

The Taliban has agreed to a temporary nationwide ceasefire while officials negotiate a peace agreement with the U.S. The Taliban council agreed to the truce on Sunday after U.S. Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad proposed the ceasefire during the latest round of peace talks.

Those negotiations are expected to be held within two weeks of the signing of a U.S. -Taliban peace deal.

The militants are engaged in peace talks with the USA, but regularly attack Afghan and worldwide forces.

The Taliban shura, or ruling council, is now debating whether to accept the USA ceasefire proposal, Taliban officials said. They targeted an army checkpoint in the province's district of Dawlat Abad on Tuesday, killing at least seven Afghan soldiers and wounding six other members of the security forces - three soldiers and three intelligence agents.

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In a statement, a spokesman for Black & Veatch would not comment on the pending litigation but said the company was following the directives of the USA government agencies that it worked for.

"While these men and women worked to rebuild post-invasion Afghanistan, they were attacked by a Taliban-led terrorist insurgency that Defendants helped finance", the lawsuit says.

On Monday, an American soldier was killed in combat in northern Kunduz province. The insurgents are at their strongest point in the 18-year war, America's longest conflict.

Chief Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid noted in a statement that internal consultations at the leadership level are now underway to consider a USA request for the insurgent group to reduce violence. His administration has pushed for ending the war in Afghanistan, where the USA now has about 12,000 troops stationed.

Last week, the U.N. Secretary General's special representative for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, called on the Taliban, the Afghan government, and the United States to make a deal on a permanent cease-fire. "The local uprising fighters fought back the attackers and some 10 militants were also killed during the fighting", spokesman Mohammad Jawad Hijri said.

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