US Service Members Killed in Afghanistan Attack Near Ghazni City

US Service Members Killed in Afghanistan Attack Near Ghazni City

US Service Members Killed in Afghanistan Attack Near Ghazni City

"A number of gunmen entered the G4S compound right after the auto bomb", said Najib Danish, a spokesman for the interior ministry.

The US new strategy in Afghanistan, announced by President Donald Trump last summer, has been a game changer for the advancement of the country's peace process, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said in a keynote statement during the Geneva Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan on Wednesday.

He added a suicide bomber detonated his explosives and then other insurgents started a gun battle with forces in the area. However, Kabul police spokesperson Basir Mujahid refuted reports of gunfire.

"The situation is ongoing and we are co-ordinating with the Afghan authorities to bring it to a conclusion".

In the same time period, almost 30,000 Afghan police and soldiers have died, Ghani said - a figure much higher than any previously acknowledged, as the Taliban step up their attacks on local forces.

"The wounded service members and contractor were evacuated and are receiving medical care", Resolute Support said.

In the meantime, the Public Health Ministry officials are saying that eleven injured people have been shifted to the hospitals from the site of the incident.

At the Pentagon, Mattis said he is encouraged by the efforts of veteran diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad, the State Department's special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, in attempting to lay the groundwork for a political settlement between the Taliban and the Afghan government.

A roadside bomb killed three American soldiers in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, the US military said, in what appeared to be the deadliest attack on USA forces in Afghanistan in the last 17 months.

In recent years both the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation have pulled their forces away from direct combat, instead focusing on providing advice and assistance to Afghan security forces.

Security officials have warned that violence is likely to escalate alongside peace moves as the Taliban seeks to strengthen its position before any formal negotiations.

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