Afghanistan: US service members killed in bomb explosion

Afghanistan: US service members killed in bomb explosion

Afghanistan: US service members killed in bomb explosion

Three U.S. troops were killed and four Americans were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded Tuesday in central Afghanistan, marking the deadliest day for U.S. forces in the country this year.

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A United States civilian contractor was also hurt by the improvised explosive device, the Nato-led mission said in a statement.

The Taliban, which control large parts of Ghazni province, claimed responsibility for the attack, which also wounded an American civilian contractor.

According to the statement, the injured soldiers have already been evacuated and received medical care.

No other details have been released.

The estimated 14,000 USA troops in Afghanistan are "doing the advising in the field" for the Afghan forces, Mattis said.

The deaths are the latest in a growing toll on USA forces in Afghanistan following the death of an army Ranger during an operation against al Qaeda militants in Nimruz province on Saturday.

Resolute Support said that "an initial review indicates Sgt. Jasso was likely accidentally shot by our Afghan partner force" and "there are no indications he was shot intentionally".

The Taliban claimed the attack, saying a US tank was completely destroyed. The two districts, which are predominantly comprised of Hazara populations, were considered to be the most secure rural districts in all of the country. More typically, a general carries a pistol.

General Scott Miller, the top U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commander in Afghanistan, said Jasso was killed "defending our nation, fighting Al Qaeda alongside our Afghan partners". Brent Taylor was shot dead in an insider attack in Kabul. In August 2017, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis signed orders to bring additional troops to fight in Afghanistan.

Worldwide forces have also suffered from so-called insider attacks in recent months, in which Afghan soldiers or police have opened fire on them.

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