Three US service members and a contractor have been killed in Afghanistan Monday when a bomb exploded exterior Bagram Air Base, US army officers mentioned.
Three different service members have been additionally wounded when the improvised explosive system detonated on the aspect of the highway.
The system exploded throughout a army patrol close to Ghazni, which has been unstable since Taliban troopers overran the town in a siege in August, the Washington Publish reported.
Citing a spokesperson for the Ghazni governor’s workplace, the Publish reported a army operation by Afghan and NATO troops was additionally happening in a village southeast of the town on the time.
Army officers mentioned the wounded troopers have been evacuated and are receiving medical care.
The names of the deceased service members and the contractor are being withheld for 24 hours, per Protection Division coverage.
A US Military Ranger was killed Saturday accidentally by an Afghan commando throughout a raid on a compound. Two US service members have been additionally killed in an operation in March throughout a joint operation.
13 service members have been killed in Afghanistan this yr to this point, in accordance with the Publish.
The assault got here as US and Taliban officers have been holding continued talks since January over a doable peace course of to convey an finish to the 17-year-old conflict, the longest in US historical past.
Throughout his State of the Union deal with, President Trump mentioned that he deliberate to scale back the variety of troops in Afghanistan because the US works towards a peace course of. There are presently 14,000 US troops within the nation.
In February, Appearing Protection Secretary Patrick Shanahan mentioned the US wouldn’t withdraw or cut back the variety of troops with out first consulting with NATO allies.