Published: Wed, November 28, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Roadside bomb kills 3 US soldiers in eastern Afghanistan

Roadside bomb kills 3 US soldiers in eastern Afghanistan

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

Three US service members will killed and three others wounded when an improvised explosive device detonated Tuesday near the central Afghan city of Ghazni, officials said.

A North Atlantic Treaty Organisation statement on November 27 said an initial review showed that the soldier in Nimroz was "likely accidentally shot by our Afghan partner force", adding that the "tragic" incident occurred as they engaged in a battle with Al-Qaeda militants.

Three other US service members were wounded along with a USA military contractor, they added.

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

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According to an AP Report, The Taliban claimed responsibility for the deadliest attack on American forces since June 2017. The Taliban claimed that attack.

Taliban militants have an active presence in several parts of Ghazni Province.

He said US Special Forces had been conducting operations with Afghan forces around Ghazni city since Monday.

Last month, US Gen Scott Miller escaped unhurt when a bodyguard opened fire on a group of US and Afghan officials in the southern Kandahar province.

He spoke three days before Army Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso, 25, of Leavenworth, Washington, was fatally wounded in a firefight with al-Qaida militants in southwestern Nimruz province.

Earlier this month, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said more than 28,000 Afghan police and soldiers had been killed since 2015.

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

US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is spearheading efforts to strike a peace deal with the Taliban before Afghanistan's presidential election, scheduled for April next year.

The U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation formally concluded their combat mission in Afghanistan in 2014, but still provide close support to Afghan forces and carry out counterterrorism operations.

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