Three American service members and contractor killed in Afganistan - US military

Three American service members and contractor killed in Afganistan - US military

Four Americans were killed and three others wounded Monday by a roadside bomb near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, military officials said. A smaller number of USA troops operate in Afghanistan under a counter-terrorism mission. Defense Department officials told The Wall Street Journal that the explosion was the result of a Taliban attack on a convoy carrying the American service members.

In 2010, 437 American troops were killed in combat there, according to the Pentagon.

In addition, three US service members were wounded in the blast. The base in Bagram district is located in northern Parwan province and serves as the main USA air facility in the country.

Three other USA service members were wounded. He leaves behind his wife, Shannon, and three daughters. The conflicting accounts could not be immediately reconciled.

But unbeknown to American forces at the time, a military official said Tuesday, the contractor escaped the targeted vehicle and became mixed up among civilians who were injured in the blast.

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

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The deadly blast unfolded as the Trump administration - including Zalmay Khalilzad, an Afghan-born former USA ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq - is engaged in peace talks with the Taliban. 13 were killed a year ago.

Violence has been relentless in Afghanistan even though Taliban militants have held several rounds of talks with USA officials about a peace settlement. The Taliban have refused to meet with the Afghan government, which they view as a USA puppet.

Hundreds of heavily armed insurgents assaulted Bala Murghab last Thursday for the second time in a month and overran key parts of the district, including the police headquarters and main prison, before killing at least 30 Afghan troops and capturing as many others.

In February, the top USA envoy seeking to broker peace in Afghanistan met the Taliban's co-founder in an attempt to end the 17-year conflict.

Abdullah said the Taliban could partake in elections and even compete for the presidency if they renounce violence.

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