Six US service members killed, wounded in Ghazni IED attack

Arturo Kim
November 28, 2018

Three US service members were killed and three wounded when an improvised explosive device detonated on Tuesday (Nov 26) near the central Afghan city of Ghazni, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said in a statement.

The incident took place on 27 November, Resolute Support, the official name of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission, said in a statement.

The deaths of Jasso and the three service members bring the number of USA troops killed in Afghanistan this year up to 13. The wounded service members and contractor were evacuated and are receiving medical care, according to the military.

No other details about the deadly incident were available.

The Taliban has claimed the attack that killed three US service members and completely destroyed a USA tank in eastern Afghanistan, AP reported.

The deaths came just days after Sgt. Leandro Jasso, a member of the elite 75th Ranger Regiment, was killed battling al-Qaida fighters during a raid in southwestern Nimruz province.

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Resolute Support said that "an initial review indicates Sgt. Jasso was likely accidentally shot by our Afghan partner force" and "there are no indications he was shot intentionally".

The 1TVNews reports no group immediately responsibility for the attack near the city of Ghazni, the provincial capital. 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 deaths have occurred as the US has stepped up its efforts to get the Taliban to the negotiating table with the Afghan government.

"Sgt. Jasso was killed defending our nation, fighting al Qaeda alongside our Afghan partners", he added.

The soldier's death follows a spate of so-called "insider attacks" that have rattled foreign troops tasked with training and assisting Afghan security forces.

General Scott Miller, the top USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commander in Afghanistan, said Jasso was killed "defending our nation, fighting Al Qaeda alongside our Afghan partners". While in Afghanistan, CBS News joined USA troops in an operation to clear an area of ISIS fighters. Of those, 12 were combat fatalities, the most in a single year since the end of 2014, when most worldwide combat troops were withdrawn from the country.

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