USA service members, 1 contractor killed in Afghanistan IED attack

USA service members, 1 contractor killed in Afghanistan IED attack

USA service members, 1 contractor killed in Afghanistan IED attack

The Resolute Support Mission consists of 17,000 troops, about half of them from the United States.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed three American soldiers and one contractor. They added that one armoured personnel carrier had been "completely destroyed".

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 outside the largest US military base in Afghanistan.

An explosive-laden vehicle targeted a foreign forces convoy of the Bagram Airfield here on Monday evening, according to District Governor Abdul Shakoor Qudoosi.

Officials did not immediately release the names of those killed, in line with standard policy pending notification of next of kin, or the nationality of the contractor. The wounded were evacuated and were receiving medical care.

The blast brings to seven the number of USA troops killed in Afghanistan so far this year, compared to 12 killed in all of 2018.

Col. Qais Mangal, a Defense Ministry spokesman, said Monday that at least 12 security forces have been killed in the last 48 hours, bringing the overall death toll to more than 40.

Almost 2,300 American soldiers have died and more than 20,400 have been wounded in the country since a US-led coalition ousted the Taliban in 2001.

The Afghan government which has cautiously welcomed Khalilzad's efforts for a political settlement in the country is now preparing to convene a Loya Jirga on Peace on April 29 and seeks to send a delegation to Doha, Qatar, where Afghan politicians will meet the Taliban on April 14.

Afghans, meanwhile, are on high alert for a new round of violence when the militants kick off their expected spring offensive. USA envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with President Ashraf Ghani and other Afghan leaders in Kabul in recent days, seeking to build support for nascent discussions with Taliban representatives in Doha, Qatar.

The base in Bagram district is located in northern Parwan province and serves as the main US air facility in the country.

The Taliban have refused to meet with the Afghan government, which they view as a USA puppet.

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