America’s longest war in its history claimed two more U.S. service members lives, after a NATO convoy was ambushed by a suicide-bomber near an American base in Khandahar province.
From CBS News:
The Taliban promptly took responsibility for the attack, and a spokesman for the insurgents said the bombing allegedly killed 15 soldiers – a claim that appeared exaggerated as many similar Taliban claims have been in the past.
Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said two U.S. service members were killed in action in the attack and that more information would be provided when it became available.
In their claim of responsibility, the Taliban also said the attack destroyed two armored tanks.
While the Taliban’s numbers are not to be believed, there were “several” other troops injured in the attack, according to the Pentagon.
“Local reports said a suicide bomber drove a vehicle rigged with explosives into the convoy that was part of the NATO Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan as it headed to the airfield, which is a major hub of operations for international troops in the region,” Military.com reports.
The Pentagon nor U.S. forces in Afghanistan have been uncharacteristically reluctant to share details about the mission or the attack.
The delay is purportedly so the soldiers’ families could be notified. Yet, the Associated Press notes this “upends Pentagon practice since the Vietnam era, and gives the public less information and transparency into a war that has raged for 16 years, resulting in thousands of deaths and injuries.”
The AP reports the account of a local witness who said he was knocked down by the blast, and said the convoy quickly received air support. However, he did not see the battle, as the gunfire drove him back into his shop.
The attack followed the bombing of a mosque in the city of Herat, and a protest following the removal of the bodies of the 31 victims of that attack. The bombing occurred “barely 150 feet” from an Afghan police station.
This attack, however, was claimed by the so-called Islamic State in Afghanistan, while the Taliban took credit for the attack against NATO forces.
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