Published: Thu, November 29, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

US Service Members Killed in Afghanistan Blast

US Service Members Killed in Afghanistan Blast

U.S. military casualties in Ghazni should come as no surprise, as United States forces have stepped up operations in the province as security there has deteriorated over the past year.

Najib Danish, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said the Kabul attack took place when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives and then other insurgents started a gun battle with security forces in the area.

The attack came just hours after President Ashraf Ghani outlined plans for peace in Afghanistan.

Following the explosion, which could be heard throughout the city, security guards and Afghan security forces engaged the attackers, according to Kabul Police Chief Basir Mujahid.

Addressing the situation in the country, John Sopko, head of the Special Inspector General on Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), stated that "after 17 years of USA and coalition effort and financial largesse, Afghanistan remains one of the poorest, least educated and most corrupt countries in the world". While the Taliban is guilty of inflating casualties that it inflicts on Afghan and U.S. forces, the operations themselves often can be confirmed in the Afghan press.

'We can confirm that there has been an incident at one of our locations in Kabul.

He said US Special Forces had been conducting operations with Afghan forces around Ghazni city since Monday.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The meeting aims to take stock of progress of the Afghan government in using billions of dollars in foreign aid for education, health care, humanitarian support and needs since 2016.

The building - in the Afghan capital Kabul - was attacked by militants today.

Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso, 25, was shot while American troops and Afghan forces were assaulting "one of multiple barricaded al-Qaida shooters" in Nimruz province, officials with U.S. Forces-Afghanistan said, citing initial interviews with witnesses.

Security officials have warned that violence is likely to escalate alongside peace moves as the Taliban seeks to strengthen its position before any formal negotiations.

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