Three US soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Three US soldiers killed in Afghanistan

The U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation formally concluded their combat mission in Afghanistan in 2014, but still provide close support to Afghan forces and carry out counterterrorism operations.

The deaths of Jasso and the three service members bring the number of USA troops killed in Afghanistan this year up to 13.

A statement from the governor's office in Helmand confirmed that 16 Taliban insurgents were killed and said that an investigation was under way to determine the number of civilian casualties. Last Saturday, Sgt. Leandro Jasso, a 25-year-old Army Ranger from Leavenworth, Washington, was mortally wounded in southern Afghanistan.

At least 10 people were killed and 19 others were injured when a suicide attacker drove a vehicle full of explosives into a compound housing a foreign security company in Kabul, Afghan officials said. On Tuesday, US officials said they had determined that Jasso probably was accidentally shot by an Afghan soldier during battle with an Al-Qaeda fighter.

There was no word on the circumstances of the blast but Ghazni has been one of the most heavily fought over areas of Afghanistan this year. The two districts, which are predominantly comprised of Hazara populations, were considered to be the most secure rural districts in all of the country.

US General Scott Miller escaped unhurt in that attack, which was later claimed by the Taliban.

The Taliban routinely reports on its operations in Ghazni on its official propaganda website.

In recent years both the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation have pulled their forces away from direct combat, instead focusing on providing advice and assistance to Afghan security forces.

Taliban militants said they carried out the attack, their latest near the strategic city south of the capital.

In October, a local police chief was killed when a bodyguard opened fire on a group of U.S. and Afghan officials in the southern Kandahar province.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.

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