A U.S. and Romanian service member were both killed in action on Sept. 5 in Kabul, Afghanistan, Resolute Support announced Thursday morning.

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Two paratroopers with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division were killed in Afghanistan on Monday in an apparent insider attack, Task & Purpose has learned.

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(U.S. Army/ Sgt. Mike MacLeod)

U.S. military aircraft effectively "wiped out" an Afghan military checkpoint in Tarin Kot on Wednesday after soldiers there mistakenly fired on a joint patrol of Afghan and American troops, according to The New York Times.

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Staff Sgt. Neysa Canfield/US Army

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Smiley was wounded during a recent insider attack in Afghanistan's Kandahar Province, a spokesman for the NATO Resolute Support mission told Task & Purpose on Sunday.

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Associated Press photo/Rahmat Gul

Any illusions that the Taliban were interested in negotiating a peaceful settlement with the Afghan government and its international partners have been dashed by four days of grueling fighting across the country, during which the Taliban have reportedly occupied Ghazni city and wiped out up to 100 Afghan commandos in a demoralizing blow to Afghan security forces.

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U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Sharida Jackson

Finally, a bright spot amid 17 years of war in Afghanistan: insurgent control of the country has started to diminish for the first time in nearly two years, according to a quarterly report to Congress from the Special Investigator General for Afghanistan Reconstruction published on July 30.

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