Three US service members killed in Afghanistan blast

Three US service members killed in Afghanistan

Combined, the deaths bring the number of USA troops killed in combat in Afghanistan this year to 13.

"Three US service members were killed and three wounded when an improvised explosive device detonated November 27 near Ghazni city".

The NATO Resolute Support mission announced that three service members and a contractor were also wounded in the explosion today near the city of Ghazni, southwest of Kabul.

One American contractor was also injured. Attack helicopters flew in to support the evacuation of the wounded. 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.

USA military officials said the attack Tuesday took place during a military patrol near Ghazni city, which has remained tense and unstable since Taliban forces overran it in August in a four-day siege that left more than 100 people dead and parts of the city in ruins.

On Nov. 24, a U.S. soldier was killed "while conducting an operation to eliminate al Qaeda militants" in the southwestern province of Nimroz.

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Last month, US Gen Scott Miller escaped unhurt when a bodyguard opened fire on a group of US and Afghan officials in the southern Kandahar province. The great majority of USA 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.

Several U.S. Special Forces troops were wounded and seven armored vehicles were disabled by enemy roadside bombs, mortars and rockets as they rushed to aid Afghan forces in repelling the Taliban assault, Time magazine reported in the wake of the battle.

Since the start of 2015, 58 Americans have been killed, President Ashraf Ghani said earlier this month. While in Afghanistan, CBS News joined US troops in an operation to clear an area of ISIS fighters.

Some 14,000 US soldiers are now serving in Afghanistan, where the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation formally concluded their combat mission in 2014.

The Taliban have intensified attacks on Afghan forces even as the United States ratchets up efforts to engage the militants in peace talks.

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