A U.S. service member was killed in Afghanistan on Thursday, officials said, bringing the total number of combat deaths there this year to 15 – and making this the deadliest year since the Pentagon announced the end of combat operations in 2014.

The 2019 death toll in Afghanistan has already surpassed the 13 troops killed there last year.

The service member killed Thursday was not immediately identified, in keeping with U.S. Department of Defense policy withholding the names until 24 hours after notification of next of kin.

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The death is also the third in about a week after two Special Forces soldiers died in the country's Faryab province on Aug. 21.

The Trump administration has set a Sept. 1 deadline on U.S.-led peace talks with the Taliban.

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