Three US soldiers were killed and three wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near Ghazni city in central Afghanistan, on Tuesday, NATO said, taking the number of American service personnel to die in the war-torn country this year to 12. NATO’s Resolute Support mission would not immediately release any details about the soldiers.
An American contractor was also wounded, it said, adding that the four injured in the blast were receiving medical care. The casualties come just days after another US soldier was killed in Afghanistan’s Nimroz province on Saturday. “There are no indications he was shot intentionally,” the statement added, naming the soldier as Sgt Jasso without giving a first name. General Scott Miller, the top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan, said Jasso was killed “defending our nation, fighting al Qaeda alongside our Afghan partners”. Jasso’s death follows a spate of so-called “insider attacks” that have rattled foreign troops tasked with training and assisting Afghanistan’s military.
More than 2,200 American soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since the 2001 US-led invasion that toppled the Taliban regime from power. The number of American casualties has fallen dramatically since the end of 2014 when Afghan forces took over from US-led NATO combat troops to secure the country.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Tuesday strongly condemned the IED attack and expressed heartfelt sympathies and condolences on behalf of people and government of Pakistan.
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17 November, 2019