Three US service members killed in Afghanistan blast

Three US service members killed in Afghanistan blast

Three US service members killed in Afghanistan blast

Three U.S. service members were killed and three others were wounded by an improvised explosive device in southern Afghanistan, according to the NATO-led training mission in that country. The wounded were evacuated and were being provided medical care, Mendie said.

Five service members so far have died in Afghanistan in November - the deadliest month for USA forces this year.

On Sunday, the DOD had identified the soldier that was killed in the Garmsir District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan from "injuries sustained while engaging enemy forces" the day prior as Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso.

Taliban militants said they carried out the attack, their latest near the strategic city south of the capital. There are also several thousand U.S. Special Forces conducting counterterrorism missions. 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 U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation formally concluded their combat mission in 2014, but still provide vital support to Afghan security forces, who have been struggling in recent years to combat a resurgent Taliban and ISIS affiliate. More typically, a general carries a pistol.

The U.S. military said in a statement that Jasso and other U.S. and Afghan soldiers were involved in a close-quarters battle with "multiple barricaded al-Qaeda shooters". "All of us, and through our coalition of 41 nations, recognize the threats posed by groups such as al-Qaeda and ISIS and are determined to fight them here".

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

During that same period, 58 US troops were killed, he said.

Maj. Brent Taylor of the Utah Army National Guard was killed in an insider attack in early November.

Worldwide forces have also suffered from so-called insider attacks in recent months, in which Afghan soldiers or police have opened fire on them.

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