Published: Wed, November 28, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Afghanistan: US service members killed in bomb explosion

Afghanistan: US service members killed in bomb explosion

Three US service members were killed Tuesday by an improvised explosive device near the city of Ghazni, Afghanistan, the US military announced.

NATO's Resolute Support mission would not immediately release any details about the identity of the soldiers, whose deaths took the number of American service personnel to die in the war-torn country this year to 12.

The statement further added "The wounded service members and contractor were evacuated and are receiving medical care".

Three US service members killed in Afghanistan
Three US service members killed in Afghanistan blast

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which brings the number of USA soldiers to have died in the country this year to 12.

In August, the Taliban made an incursion into the provincial capital of Ghazni City and controlled several areas for five days before withdrawing. The two districts, which are predominantly comprised of Hazara populations, were considered to be the most secure rural districts in all of the country.

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". "It gives you an idea just how much of a load of this fight is being carried by the Afghan army", he said.

The U.S. military said in a statement that Jasso and other U.S. and Afghan soldiers were involved in a close-quarters battle with "multiple barricaded al-Qaeda shooters".

The city was overrun by a large Taliban force earlier this year before being driven off by Afghan and US forces after days of heavy fighting.

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. Brent Taylor of the Utah National Guard was killed in an "insider attack" by a rogue Afghan commando he was training in Kabul.

A total of 13 U.S. troops have been killed this year in Afghanistan, according to the Defense Post publication.

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