Published: Wed, November 28, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Roadside bomb kills 3 US soldiers in eastern Afghanistan

Roadside bomb kills 3 US soldiers in eastern Afghanistan

"In accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the name of the service members killed in action are being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete", officials said.

Three US service members will killed and three others wounded when an improvised explosive device detonated Tuesday near the central Afghan city of Ghazni, officials said.

On Tuesday, NATO's Resolute Support mission said Jasso's death was likely the result of friendly fire from an Afghan security forces unit.

A total of 18 USA service members have been killed there in 2018. Ghazni has become the most hotly contested province in Afghanistan, which is no small feat given the Taliban's mastery in strongholds such as Helmand and Kunduz.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday strongly condemned the killing of three U.S. soldiers in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in Ghazni city of Afghanistan.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. "We've lost some troops doing it over the last several months, as you know", but Afghan troops since 2014 have taken the lead in the fighting and have suffered far more casualties.

Maj. Brent Taylor of the Utah Army National Guard was killed in an insider attack in early November. 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12 were combat fatalities, the most in a single year since the end of 2014, when most worldwide combat troops were withdrawn from the country.

Indiscriminate assaults by the Taliban and fighters from the Khorasan Province branch of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) have left millions of Afghans fearing for their lives each and every day.

The deaths bring to 13 the number of US troops killed in the country in 2018.

"The loss of Sgt. Jasso is felt by his family and loved ones, by all who served with him and by all on this mission to protect our country and our allies", Gen. Scott Miller, commander of Resolute Support and U.S. Forces Afghanistan, said in a statement.

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