U.S. forces in Afghanistan revised on Tuesday the demise toll from a Taliban assault the day gone by close to the principle American base within the nation, saying three service members had been killed however not a contractor who was initially reported among the many fatalities.
The U.S. and NATO Resolute Help mission issued a press release “to make clear preliminary reporting” about Monday’s roadside bombing of an American convoy close to the principle U.S. base. The Taliban claimed duty for the assault.
The Pentagon mentioned later that every one three service members killed had been Marines.
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The mission mentioned a roadside bomb hit the convoy close to the Bagram Airfield, killing three American service members, and mentioned “the contractor who was reported as killed, is alive.”
The assertion mentioned “the contractor, an Afghan citizen, was initially handled together with different injured civilians, later recognized as a contractor and handled at Bagram Airfield.”
Three different U.S. service members had been additionally wounded within the assault. The bottom in Bagram district is positioned in northern Parwan province and serves as the principle U.S. air facility within the nation.
The wounded had been evacuated and are receiving medical care, the assertion mentioned.
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Christopher Slutman, a 15-year New York Metropolis hearth division member, was among the many three Marines killed. He leaves behind his spouse, Shannon, and three daughters.
“Firefighter Slutman bravely wore two uniforms and dedicated his life to public service each as a New York Metropolis firefighter and as a member of the US Marine Corps,” Fireplace Commissioner Daniel Nigro mentioned in a written assertion.
The Pentagon recognized the 2 different Marines killed as Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, 25, of Locust Valley, New York, and Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, 31, of York, Pennsylvania.
Of their declare of duty, the Taliban mentioned they launched the assault and that considered one of their suicide bombers detonated his explosives-laden car close to the NATO base. The conflicting accounts couldn’t be instantly reconciled.
On Tuesday, native Afghan officers mentioned not less than 5 Afghan civilians had been wounded within the commotion after the assault on the American convoy.
4 had been passersby and the fifth was a driver of a automotive happening the street, mentioned Abdul Raqib Kohistani, the Bagram district police chief. Abdul Shakor Qudosi, the district administrative chief in Bagram, mentioned American troopers opened hearth instantly after their convoy was bombed.
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Monday’s U.S. fatalities carry to seven the variety of U.S. troopers killed thus far this yr in Afghanistan, underscoring the difficulties in bringing peace to the war-wrecked nation at the same time as Washington has stepped up efforts to discover a method to finish the 17-year conflict, America’s longest.
There are about 14,000 U.S. forces in Afghanistan, supporting embattled Afghan forces as they battle on two fronts — going through a resurgent Taliban who now maintain sway over nearly half the nation and in addition the Islamic State affiliate, which has sought to broaden its footprint in Afghanistan at the same time as its self-proclaimed “caliphate” has crumbled in Syria and Iraq.
Final yr, 13 U.S. service members had been killed in Afghanistan.
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The Taliban have continued to hold out each day assaults on Afghan safety forces regardless of holding a number of rounds of peace talks with the US in latest months. The Taliban have refused to fulfill with the Afghan authorities, which they view as a U.S. puppet.
In the meantime, the Taliban have agreed to participate in an all-Afghan gathering later this month in Qatar, the place the insurgents keep a political workplace. However the Taliban say they won’t acknowledge any authorities official attending the gathering as a consultant of the Kabul authorities, solely as a person Afghan participant.