Taliban Claims Attack That Killed 3 US Service Members in Afghanistan

The US forces are part of the Nato-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, which has more than 16,000 personnel.

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.

The US did not immediately release additional details about the attack, the deadliest against US service members in Afghanistan since six were killed in a motorcycle bomb explosion in December 2015.

The attack on a well-protected site underlines how insecure Kabul remains despite efforts by the United States and the Afghan government to open peace talks with the Taliban to end more than 17 years of war.

"The area is under Taliban control and it is very hard to get a precise number of casualties", he said in Kabul.

The three Gulf Arab states "are helping us to try to bring the Taliban together for an Afghan-led, but fully supported by the global community, reconciliation effort", he said. Khalilzad has said he is "cautiously optimistic" for an end to the conflict. President Donald Trump decided a year ago to remain committed to Afghanistan, and about 15,000 US troops serve largely in a support role for Afghan security forces. The great majority of US forces withdrew by the end of 2014, but those still in the country often are involved in supporting combat situations on the ground as well as by air.

He said the company offers training for Afghan security forces.

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

During that same period, 58 USA troops were killed, he said.

Also on Wednesday in Kabul, the home of former intelligence chief Amarullah Saleh was attacked by three insurgents but was quickly repelled by Saleh's security guards, said Rahmatullah Nabil, also a former intelligence chief in a tweet. "We have no conscription, nobody is forced, and if there was not a patriotic impulse, I don't think that people would sacrifice their lives for a pay of $200 [per month]".

  • Rogelio Becker