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U.S. service member killed in 'insider attack' in Afghanistan

U.S. service member killed in 'insider attack' in Afghanistan

Pompeo said the peace process would be Afghan-led but added that the United States would be prepared to participate to help resolve differences and said support from neighboring countries would also be needed.

Pompeo's visit to Kabul, which followed a tour of Asian countries, was his first to Afghanistan since he became secretary of state in April.

At the start of a breakfast meeting with Japan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Taro Kono in Tokyo on Sunday, Pompeo did not reply when a reporter asked him to respond to North Korea's statement.

The secretary of state asserted that the Taliban understands USA resolve and is "beginning to see that they can not wait us out".

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"An American role will be important in this, but we can't run the peace talks, we can't settle this from the outside", Pompeo said, according to a transcript of his remarks.

"If someone still declares the blatant command of Islam for pleasing American President Donald Trump and his companions and calls Mujahid (Afghan) nation a terrorist and rebels, then this will be complicit in invasion of American aggressors and abating of the weak Muslims", the statement said.

Afghan security forces, supported by global troops, are now trying to oust Islamic State militants from their strongholds the eastern province of Nangarhar. We saw this. We saw what happened. "These are linked issues", he said.

The term "insider attack" refers to attacks carried out against US military personnel by the Afghan troops they are training or advising.

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At the same time, he acknowledged that there is still a great deal of work to do. "We can't settle this from the outside", he said. Efforts to impose a ceasefire in the region have been mostly unsuccessful.

Pompeo went on to say he's hopeful for peace going forward, but knows the four-decade conflict will not be solved overnight. The Pakistanis too need to understand that they need to have a set of elections that do not have violence.

Pompeo stated that part of President Trump's South Asian strategy was to remove "artificial timelines and arbitrary troop ceilings".

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