Published: Wed, April 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Taliban Militants Storm Checkpoints, Kill 20 Afghan Troops

Taliban Militants Storm Checkpoints, Kill 20 Afghan Troops

Three American soldiers were wounded in the blast and were receiving medical treatment, the statement also said.

Three US service members were killed and three others were wounded by an improvised explosive device near Bagram Airbase on Monday, April 8, the Resolute Support confirmed in a statement.

The U.S. Secretary of State has reacted to deadly Taliban against the U.S. forces close to Bagram airbase which left four people dead including three U.S. service members and a contractor.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack and described it as a suicide vehicle bombing.

A spokesperson for the Parwan governor said a suicide bomber had targeted a convoy of coalition forces at Bagram.

The fatalities, which bring to seven the number of US soldiers killed so far this year in Afghanistan, underscore the difficulties in bringing peace to the war-wrecked country even as Washington has stepped up efforts to find a way to end the 17-year war, America's longest.

Afghan security forces have borne the brunt of the fighting since NATO's combat mission ended in 2014.

Almost 2,300 American soldiers have died and more than 20,400 have been wounded in the country since a US-led coalition ousted the Taliban in 2001.

While their primary mission is to advise and assist Afghan security forces, US troops continue to conduct daily patrols throughout Afghanistan.

Taliban fighters stormed army checkpoints in southern Afghanistan near the Pakistani border overnight, killing 20 troops, an official said Tuesday.

Sunday, chief American peace negotiator, Zalmay Khalilzad, concluded a almost weeklong visit to Kabul where he held extensive consultations with leaders inside and outside the Afghan government as well as civil society representatives.

The Taliban has until now refused to meet with the Kabul government, accusing it of being a puppet regime.

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