Published: Tue, April 09, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Convoy targeted at United States base in Afghanistan: Afghan officials

Convoy targeted at United States base in Afghanistan: Afghan officials

Three American service members and a contractor were killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan on Monday, according to Col. David Butler, a spokesperson for U.S. Forces Afghanistan.

In a statement, the military said three other U.S. troops were wounded in the explosion and were receiving treatment. The Defense Department said it was withholding the names of the fallen Americans until 24 hours after their families had been notified, per normal Pentagon policy.

The deadly assault comes as the Trump administration negotiates with the Taliban for a permanent peace deal in Afghanistan, where USA troops have operated since late 2001 in what is now the longest military engagement in American history. Collette, and Sgt. 1st Class Will D. Lindsay. Collette and Lindsay were killed in Kunduz province "as a result of wounds sustained while engaged in combat operations", officials said in a statement March 23.

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The bombing was the deadliest incident for Americans in Afghanistan since November, when a roadside bomb attack in the country's eastern Ghazni province led to the deaths of four US servicemembers.

It's unclear whether Monday's incident will have any impact on ongoing negotiations.

"In Afghanistan, my administration is holding constructive talks with a number of Afghan groups, including the Taliban", Trump said during his State of the Union address in February. It also comes just one day after the US envoy charged with negotiating with the Taliban, Zalmay Khalilzad, met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul. "Those who go there (Doha meeting) as politicians, should forget that they had an enmity with the Taliban".

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