Six US service members killed, wounded in Ghazni IED attack

Three US service members killed in Afghanistan

Three US service members killed in Afghanistan

Another powerful blast occurred on 23 November, when at least 12 Afghan servicemen were killed and 33 others were injured as a result of an alleged suicide attack.

The Taliban claimed credit for a roadside bombing near Ghazni City that killed three USA soldiers and wounded three more, in addition to an American contractor who was accompanying the convoy.

Nato's Resolute Support mission would not immediately release any details about the soldiers, but said they had been killed when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near Ghazni city in central Afghanistan.

The statement further added "The wounded service members and contractor were evacuated and are receiving medical care". Ghazni has become the most hotly contested province in Afghanistan, which is no small feat given the Taliban's mastery in strongholds such as Helmand and Kunduz.

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

Taliban militants have an active presence in several parts of Ghazni Province.

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The city was overrun by a large Taliban force earlier this year before being driven off by Afghan and US forces after days of heavy fighting.

The deaths came just days after Sgt. Leandro Jasso, a member of the elite 75th Ranger Regiment, was killed battling al-Qaida fighters during a raid in southwestern Nimruz province.

Tuesday's blast also follows a visit to Ghazni last week by the top US commander in the country, Gen. Scott Miller, to discuss the security situation. 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.

A total of 13 United States troops have been killed this year in Afghanistan, according to the Defence Post.

"The loss of Sgt. Jasso is felt by his family and loved ones, by all who served with him and by all on this mission to protect our country and our allies", Gen. Scott Miller, commander of Resolute Support and U.S. Forces Afghanistan, said in a statement.

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