Three US troops, contractor killed in Afghanistan blast

Convoy targeted at US base in Afghanistan: Afghan officials

Three US service members and one contractor have been killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

An Afghan military convoy drives past the site of a auto bomb attack where U.S soldiers were killed near Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, April 9, 2019.

Three other U.S. service members were wounded.

In February, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said he had not received orders from President Donald Trump to reduce the number of US troops in Afghanistan by half, but USA military planners had been tasked with a possible troop reduction after internal discussions began late past year, according to US officials.

The vehicle bomb targeted a convoy of coalition soldiers, he told AFP.

According to Bagram district governor Abdul Shakoor Quddusi, a auto bomber attacked an armoured vehicle carrying foreign forces close to a gate to the base. It added that in accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the names of service members killed in action were being withheld until after the notification of next of kin.

In 2010, 437 American troops were killed in combat there, according to the Pentagon.

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But they can't act the way they would under other conditions and there's not a lot they can do, but they've been doing it anyway. Construction for that small section of fencing cost about $18 million, began in February 2018 and was completed in October.

Seven US service members have been killed in Afghanistan this year.

Still, American casualties have fallen dramatically since the end of 2014, when Afghan forces took over from US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation combat troops to secure the country.

The US has about 14,000 troops in Afghanistan, where they primarily advise Afghan forces battling the Taliban and the local ISIS affiliate. Dozens more have been wounded.

While parts of Afghanistan including Kabul have experienced something of a lull in attacks in recent weeks, USA and Afghan forces have stepped up attacks on the Taliban across the country.

Over the weekend U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconstruction Zalmay Khalilzad met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other officials as part of those efforts. He said Afghans want peace, but "they don't want to live the way that the Taliban want them to live".

Washington reacted furiously, with United States officials reportedly refusing to attend meetings in which Mohib was present.

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