Roadside Bomb Kills 3 US Soldiers in Eastern Afghanistan

U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis speaks to reporters at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. Nov. 21 2018

U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis speaks to reporters at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. Nov. 21 2018

Three US service members were killed and three wounded when an improvised explosive device detonated on Tuesday (Nov 26) near the central Afghan city of Ghazni, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said in a statement. "The wounded service members and contractor were evacuated and are receiving medical care", the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said in a statement.

An American contractor was also wounded in the attack in Ghazni.

A series of recent deadly attacks in Afghanistan has highlighted the ongoing challenge to end a war now in its 18th year.

On Saturday, US Army Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso, 25, of Leavenworth, Washington, was killed during combat operations in Afghanistan's Nimruz province.

In June of 2017, the Taliban claimed an attack where an Afghan soldier shot and killed three USA soldiers in the Achin district of the eastern Nangarhar province. 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. The two districts, which are predominantly comprised of Hazara populations, were considered to be the most secure rural districts in all of the country.

The bombing happened in an area where U.S. Special Forces have been working with Afghan commandos.

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The names of those killed were not immediately disclosed pending the notification of next of kin.

"Sgt. Jasso was killed defending our nation, fighting al Qaeda alongside our Afghan partners", he added. It also brings the total of USA troops killed in combat in the Afghanistan War up to ten this year.

That attack came a few days after a suicide bomber killed 55 religious scholars gathered in the Afghan capital, Kabul, to celebrate the holiday marking the birth of Islam's prophet, Muhammad.

On Saturday, a U.S. soldier was killed in Nimroz province in what appeared to be an accidental shooting, the Nato-led mission also announced on Tuesday.

This is the second attack in a month targeting United States forces in the region.

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