While U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unannounced visit to Kabul on Tuesday in search of a peace deal, two American troops were killed in action in Afghanistan just a day later.

The Pentagon officially identified Master Sgt. Michael B. Riley, 32, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne); and Sgt. James G. Johnston, 24, 79th Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), 71st Ordnance Group. The two soldiers were killed in the southern Uruzgan Province of Afghanistan.

Leaks to various press outlets further stated that the two soldiers were assigned to a U.S. Special Forces unit involved in a close-quarters firefight with the Taliban. Conversely, the Taliban claimed the two soldiers were killed in an ambush in the Sayedabad district of eastern Wardak Province, farther to the east. This was according to Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman. That area is located about 60 miles south of Kabul, located on the Kabul-Kandahar highway.

These two combat deaths raise the total of U.S. deaths in Afghanistan to nine in 2019. More than 2,400 Americans have died and over 20,000 wounded since the first U.S. troops entered Afghanistan just weeks after 9/11.