Published: Tue, April 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

American service members, 1 US contractor killed in roadside bombing in Afghanistan

American service members, 1 US contractor killed in roadside bombing in Afghanistan

The U.S. military said three American service members and a contractor were killed in an attack in Afghanistan near Bagram air base.

In their claim of responsibility, the Taliban said they launched the attack and that one of their suicide bombers detonated his explosives-laden vehicle near the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation base. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

In a statement, the military said three other USA troops were wounded in the explosion and were receiving treatment. The conflicting accounts could not be immediately reconciled.

Seven US troops (8 Americans, including the contractor today) have been killed in action this year in Afghanistan.

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He told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on March 27 that US officials are trying to convince all parties, including Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and his government, to reach a reconciliation.

A series of U.S. -Taliban meetings has raised hopes that a political solution might finally be achieved almost 20 years after U.S. military forces entered Afghanistan in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks.

The Taliban have continued to carry out daily attacks on Afghan security forces despite holding several rounds of peace talks with the United States in recent months. The Taliban has balked at negotiating with the Afghans, which the group views as an American puppet organization.

The deadly bombing comes amid ongoing talks between the US and the Taliban aimed at reaching a peace agreement to end the war, now in its 18th year.

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