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Three US service members killed in Afghanistan blast

Three US service members killed in Afghanistan blast

Most of the remaining Western forces mainly train and advise the Afghan security forces, which have been struggling against attacks from a resurgent Taliban and other militant extremist groups.

A North Atlantic Treaty Organisation statement said they had been killed when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near Ghazni city in central Afghanistan.

The blast occurred near Ghazni city when a convoy of US forces sent to help battle the Taliban struck the bomb, said Mohammad Araf Noori, spokesman for the governor of Ghazni province.

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

Three other USA service members were wounded along with a US military contractor, they added.

The latest deaths come just days after a US soldier was killed in a firefight with Al Qaeda forces Saturday, defense officials told Fox News.

This is the second attack in a month targeting USA forces in the region.

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Tuesday's blast also follows a visit to Ghazni last week by the top US commander in the country, Gen. Scott Miller, to discuss the security situation.

During the same period, almost 29,000 Afghan police and soldiers had been killed, Ghani said.

The coalition first identified Jasso on Sunday, but had not previously acknowledged the possibility of friendly fire.

An American civilian contractor also was wounded and was being treated along with the other military personnel, according to the NATO-led Resolute Support mission.

"Sgt. Jasso was killed defending our nation, fighting al-Qaida alongside our Afghan partners", Gen. Scott Miller, commanding general of Resolute Support and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, said in the release.

The total number of USA military casualties during the 17-year Afghan war has been more than 2,400. Brent Taylor of the Utah National Guard was killed in an "insider attack" by a rogue Afghan commando he was training in Kabul. The great majority of USA forces withdrew by the end of 2014, but those still in the country often are involved in supporting combat situations on the ground as well as by air.


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