Roadside bomb kills 3 US soldiers in eastern Afghanistan

Security forces block the roads at the site of a suicide bomber attack in Kabul

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

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The United States now has some 14,000 troops in Afghanistan, serving in the NATO-led Resolute Support training and advisory mission as well as in separate counter-terrorism operations against militant groups like Daesh.

Three other US service members were wounded along with a USA military contractor, they added. "The wounded service members and contractor were evacuated and are receiving medical care".

No other details were immediately released.

The deaths brought the total of US service members killed up to four in just four days.

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Separately, the military said Tuesday that a preliminary review has found that an Afghan commando likely accidentally shot a U.S. Army Ranger on Saturday during a raid on a compound in a remote part of the country.

The deaths have occurred as the USA has stepped up its efforts to get the Taliban to the negotiating table with the Afghan government.

Jasso was apparently hit "when the partnered force became engaged in a close-quarter battle during an assault on one of multiple barricaded al-Qaeda shooters". "All of us, and throughout our coalition of 41 nations, recognize the threats posed by groups such as al Qaeda and ISIS and are determined to fight them here".

That attack came a few days after a suicide bomber killed 55 religious scholars gathered in the Afghan capital, Kabul, to celebrate the holiday marking the birth of Islam's prophet, Muhammad.

General Scott Miller, the top U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commander in Afghanistan, said Jasso was killed "defending our nation, fighting Al Qaeda alongside our Afghan partners".

During that same period, 58 USA troops were killed, he said. The U.S. military involvement began within weeks of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.

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