Three US Service Members Killed in Afghanistan Blast

Geneva Stokes
November 28, 2018

The Taliban has claimed the attack that killed three US service members and completely destroyed a USA tank in eastern Afghanistan, AP reported.

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

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 U.S. Army says three of its soldiers have been killed in a roadside bombing near the central Afghan city of Ghazni.

In the past several weeks, the insurgents also have launched assaults on villages in rural districts of the province that are populated by minority ethnic Hazara Shiites.

The city was overrun by a large Taliban force earlier this year before being driven off by Afghan and US forces after days of heavy fighting.

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In this undated file photo released by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)/Department of Defence shows Sgt. Leandro Jasso, 25, who was assigned to Company A, 2d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. "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".

The soldier's death follows a spate of so-called "insider attacks" that have rattled foreign troops tasked with training and assisting Afghan security forces.

The United States now has some 14,000 troops in Afghanistan, serving in the NATO-led Resolute Support training and advisory mission as well as in separate counter-terrorism operations against militant groups like Daesh.

The US, alongside with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has been present in Afghanistan in the form of the Resolute Support Mission.

The number of American casualties has fallen dramatically since the end of 2014 when Afghan forces took over from US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation combat troops to secure the country. While in Afghanistan, CBS News joined USA troops in an operation to clear an area of ISIS fighters.

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