US military says Ft. Carson soldier killed in Afghanistan

Two U.S. service members were killed during an operation in Afghanistan on Friday.
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The U.S. military says two soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan. They died on June 25th in combat from small arms fire. Master Sgt. Micheal B. Riley, 32, was assigned to Fort Carson's 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group. He's from Heilbronn, Germany. Sgt. James G. Johnston of Trumansburg, New York was also killed. The 24 year old was assigned to 79th Ordnance Battalion 71st Ordnance Group, Fort Hood, Texas.

The statement says the killings a day after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a quick visit to the Afghan capital of Kabul where he said Washington was hopeful of a peace deal before Sept. 1.

It's not clear if the deaths were the result of the war, which at nearly 18 years is America's longest running. The United States is holding direct talks with the Taliban to secure a deal that will bring the warring sides together in peace.