- Three US service members were killed Tuesday in Afghanistan, raising the number of American troops who died there this month to five.
- The count makes November the deadliest month for the US military this year.
Three American service members were killed and three more were wounded Tuesday when a roadside bomb exploded in Afghanistan, NATO’s Resolute Support announced.
A US contractor was also injured when the improvised explosive device detonated near Ghazni, a heated battle space that has claimed numerous lives in recent months. Tuesday’s deaths raise the number of Americans killed in Afghanistan this month to five, making November the deadliest month this year for the US forces fighting there.
Army Ranger Sgt. Leandro Jasso was killed Saturday, the Department of Defence said in an earlier statement, and Maj. Brent Taylor, the mayor of North Ogden, Utah, was killed earlier this month in a so-called insider attack, one of several such attacks this year in which Afghans turned on their coalition partners.
Jasso was was “likely accidentally shot by our Afghan partner force,” Resolute Support said in a separate statement Tuesday.
The Americans wounded Tuesday were evacuated and taken for treatment. The names of those killed were being withheld pending notification of next of kin, Resolute Support said. More than a dozen US military personnel have been killed in Afghanistan this year.
Casualties have been running particularly high for the Afghan security forces, with nearly 30,000 Afghan troops and police officers killed over the past three years. During this same period, Afghan government control of the country has dropped from 72% to just over half.
Coalition bombing is at a five-year high, but the war, which entered its 18th year in October, continues with no end in sight. Gen. Austin “Scott” Miller, the top US commander in Afghanistan who narrowly escaped an insider attack that left several top Afghan officials either dead or wounded, has previously suggested that this conflict may not be won militarily.
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