Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Three US Service Members Killed in Explosion in Afghanistan

World       by Dawood Rehman | Published World by Dawood Rehman | Published
Leonard Rios | 28 November, 2018, 07:11

The three military members were killed on Tuesday in a roadside bombing near the city of Ghazni, the USA military said, in what appeared to be the deadliest attack on us forces in Afghanistan in the last 17 months.

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The incident took place on 27 November, Resolute Support, the official name of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission, said in a statement.

Lt. Ubon Mendie, a military spokesman, said the wounded were evacuated and are receiving medical care. The names of the dead and the injured were not immediately released.

President Donald Trump decided a year ago to remain committed to Afghanistan, and about 15,000 US troops serve largely in a support role for Afghan security forces.

On Saturday, Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso, a 25-year-old Army Ranger, was killed during an operation against al-Qaeda in southwestern Nimroz province, which borders Iran and Pakistan.

Three US service members killed in Afghanistan

The attack occurred on November 27 near Ghazni city in central Afghanistan.

In the past several weeks, the insurgents also have launched assaults on villages in rural districts of the province that are populated by minority ethnic Hazara Shiites.

The deaths have occurred as the US has stepped up its efforts to get the Taliban to the negotiating table with the Afghan government. Brent Taylor of the Utah National Guard was killed in an "insider attack" by a rogue Afghan commando he was training in Kabul.

The number of American casualties has fallen dramatically since the end of 2014 when Afghan forces took over from US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation combat troops to secure the country.

A separate counterterrorism mission known as Freedom's Sentinel also is underway, with U.S. Special Operations troops often partnering with Afghan commandos to target the Islamic State and, occasionally, al-Qaeda. It also brings the total of US troops killed in combat in the Afghanistan War up to ten this year.

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