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Three US Service Members Killed in Explosion in Afghanistan

28 November, 2018, 07:07 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis speaks to reporters at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. Nov. 21 2018

Three American service members were killed and three others were wounded in a roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan on Tuesday, officials said, marking what is likely the deadliest incident this year for us forces in the country.

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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.

One U.S. contractor was also wounded in the blast. The survivors were evacuated from the area and are receiving medical attention.

No other details have been released.

At least six services of the U.S. Military were killed or wounded in an explosion triggered by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack in southern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.

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

The attack occurred on November 27 near Ghazni city in central Afghanistan. The two districts, which are predominantly comprised of Hazara populations, were considered to be the most secure rural districts in all of the country.

Indiscriminate assaults by the Taliban and fighters from the Khorasan Province branch of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) have left millions of Afghans fearing for their lives each and every day.

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".

General Scott Miller, the top USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commander in Afghanistan, said Jasso was killed "defending our nation, fighting Al Qaeda alongside our Afghan partners". "All of us, and throughout our coalition of 41 nations, recognize the threats posed by groups such as al Qaeda and ISIS and are determined to fight them here".

A total of 13 U.S. troops have been killed this year in Afghanistan, according to the Defence Post. Of those, 12 were combat fatalities, the most in a single year since the end of 2014, when most global combat troops were withdrawn from the country.

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