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Two U.S. Troops Killed In Eastern Afghanistan On Monday
Two U.S. troops were killed this morning in eastern Afghanistan.
Officials say an Afghan police officer opened fire inside a police station in Wardak Province.
The attack comes one day after the deadline for U.S. Special Forces to leave the area.
And it follows Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's first official visit to Afghanistan.
Before he left, Hagel denied claims by Afghan President Hamid Karzai that the U.S. and the Taliban are working together.
Chuck Hagel's first visit to Afghanistan as Defense Secretary was never going to be easy. But few would have guessed it would be so hard.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai used the Defense Secretary's visit to launch a blistering attack, going so far as to suggest the United States was working with the Taliban to destabilize Afghanistan.
He accused America of holding talks with the Taliban on a daily basis.
After a private dinner with Karzai, the Defense Secretary said he told the Afghan president that simply was not the case.
“I told the President it was not true that the United States was unilaterally working with the Taliban and trying to negotiate anything.” said Hagel.
A senior administration official told CBS news this morning, "The United States has not had direct US contact with the Taliban since talks broke off in March 2012."
Karzai has made no secret of his frustration that his government has been unable to hold direct talks with the Taliban - a goal the U.S. government publicly supports.
And though the Defense Secretary has gone, coalition officials were still focusing on damage control this morning in trying to explain why U.S. Special Forces have not met Karzai's decree that they pull out of strategic Wardak Province by today.
A coalition spokesman issued a statement this morning that is anything but conclusive.
“The lead for developing the plan in Wardak right now lies with the Afghan partners and we will soon meet with our Afghan partners to discuss the plan then,” said ISAF Spokesman Brigadier General Gunter Katz.