An explosion near the military’s sprawling Bagram Air Base north of Kabul, according to the NATO military command in Afghanistan has resulted to Three U.S. troops and an American contractor’s death on Monday.
The attack left three more U.S. troops wounded. Although they have been evacuated and are receiving medical treatment. Names of those that were killed are being withheld pending notification of family.
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the latest attack.
The deaths Monday made it 7 in the number of U.S. troops killed this year in Afghanistan.
“My heartfelt prayers to the families of the Americans killed near Bagram. I condemn this disgusting terrorist act,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said via Twitter. “U.S. service members have sacrificed their lives in Afghanistan to keep us safe and no cowardly act of terror will impede our efforts to achieve peace.“
The war has resulted in the death of more than 2,400 U.S. troops in Afghanistan since 2001. Thirteen troops died there sometime in 2018 and another 2 troops died there in March during combat operations.
Homemade bombs were basically the major cause of the death of U.S. troops during the peak of U.S. involvement there in 2010 and 2011.
President Trump is considering cutting in half the current U.S. troop presence of 14,000 in Afghanistan.