US service members, 1 contractor killed in Afghanistan

US service members, 1 contractor killed in Afghanistan

US service members, 1 contractor killed in Afghanistan

Three other Americans service members were also wounded in the attack, which occurred near Bagram Air Base.

The wounded troops were evacuated and are receiving medical care, officials said in the release. The names of those killed were being withheld for 24 hours until the notification of next of kin has been completed, as per Defense Department policy.

A bomber targeted a convoy carrying foreign troops outside Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan on Monday, two Afghan officials said, after the Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide blast.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, adding that a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden vehicle near the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation base in Bagram district, in Parwan province.

Last month, Army Sgt. 1st Class Will Lindsay, a Green Beret, and Spc. However, the Afghan government has not been directly involved in the negotiations, which it has insisted it must be to ensure a peace deal.

The Taliban have held talks with a USA envoy in recent months while continuing to carry out daily attacks on Afghan forces.

(Sgt. Justin Updegraff/U.S. Marine Corps via AP, FILE) U.S. Soldiers with Task Force Iron maneuver an M-777 howitzer, so it can be towed into position at Bost Airfield, Afghanistan, June 10, 2017.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told lawmakers in March that reducing violent extremism by the Taliban and the Islamic State would spur "real negotiations about what a political resolution would look like in Afghanistan, always being mindful of the risk". It also comes just one day after the US envoy charged with negotiating with the Taliban, Zalmay Khalilzad, met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul.

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