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

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The NATO Resolute Support mission announced that three service members and a contractor were also wounded in the explosion today near the city of Ghazni, southwest of Kabul. Attack helicopters flew in to support the evacuation of the wounded.

No other details about the deadly incident were available.

The deaths brought the total of USA service members killed up to four in just four days.

The casualties came after another US soldier was killed in the southwestern province of Nimroz on November 24. There are also several thousand U.S. Special Forces conducting counterterrorism missions.

The killings of the American service members on Tuesday came as ISIS, in a statement posted by its Amaq propaganda arm, claimed responsibility for the suicide attack on Friday inside an Afghan Army base in eastern Khost province that killed at least 27 soldiers.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani participates
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Thomson Reuters

Senior U.S. military officials have sought to reassure Afghan forces.

The military later said that Jasso was likely killed by friendly fire from partner Afghan forces after they engaged in a "close-quarter battle" during an assault on one of the multiple barricaded al-Qaeda shooters.

"Sgt. Jasso was killed defending our nation, fighting al-Qaeda alongside our Afghan partners", Miller said in a statement.

Jasso, a member of the elite Rangers who was on his third deployment to Afghanistan, was accidentally shot by an Afghan partner force during a battle with al-Qaeda, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission announced Tuesday. While in Afghanistan, CBS News joined US troops in an operation to clear an area of ISIS fighters.

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. The U.S. military involvement began within weeks of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.

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