Three US service members killed in Afghanistan blast

Three US service members killed in Afghanistan
Three US service members killed in Afghanistan blast
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29 November, 2018

The insurgents' main spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the attack had caused heavy casualties and had been launched in retaliation for casualties caused by security forces in the southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar.

A vehicle bomb exploded near to a security contractors' compound in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, sending a thick plume of smoke into the night sky and officials reported gunfire in the wake of the blast.

The attack came just hours after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a 12-person team for prospective peace talks with the Taliban, as the United Nations renewed calls for direct negotiations between Kabul and the militants. However, Kabul police spokesperson Basir Mujahid refuted reports of gunfire.

Meanwhile, a rash of American combat deaths in Afghanistan is putting a spotlight on a stalemated 17-year war that is testing President Donald Trump's commitment to pursuing peace with the Taliban. Jasso was wounded by small-arms fire and was treated and evacuated to the nearest medical treatment facility, where he died, NATO's Resolute Support mission said Tuesday.

Both the Taliban and the Islamic State group have stepped up their attacks on Kabul, which is one of the deadliest places in the country for civilians.

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He said US Special Forces had been conducting operations with Afghan forces around Ghazni city since Monday. While the Taliban is guilty of inflating casualties that it inflicts on Afghan and USA forces, the operations themselves often can be confirmed in the Afghan press.

Three American service members have died when a roadside bomb exploded in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, U.S. military officials said on Tuesday.

In the same time period, almost 30,000 Afghan police and soldiers have died, Ghani said - a figure much higher than any previously acknowledged, as the Taliban step up their attacks on local forces.

Security officials have warned that violence is likely to escalate alongside peace moves as the Taliban seeks to strengthen its position before any formal negotiations.


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