Published: Thu, November 29, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Afghanistan: Car bomb explodes in Kabul, at least six wounded

Afghanistan: Car bomb explodes in Kabul, at least six wounded

Three other USA service members and an American contractor were also wounded in the blast. The survivors were evacuated from the area and are receiving medical attention. The U.S. military involvement began within weeks of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.

The Taliban, who ruled Afghanistan before U.S. forces invaded in October 2001, carry out near-daily attacks on Afghan army and police forces, and in August the insurgents overran parts of Ghazni, leading to days of intense fighting before they were driven out. A defense official told CBS News a powerful roadside bomb struck a USA military convoy early Tuesday morning. Last month CBS News joined US forces on the battlefield in Nangarhar Province. The top USA officer in the country, Army Gen. Austin "Scott" Miller, took the unusual step of carrying a rifle in the city last week.

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On Saturday, Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso, a 25-year-old Army Ranger, was killed during an operation against al-Qaeda in southwestern Nimroz province, which borders Iran and Pakistan. A soldier who died over the weekend was on a mission against al Qaeda militants.

Resolute Support said that "an initial review indicates Sgt. Jasso was likely accidentally shot by our Afghan partner force" and "there are no indications he was shot intentionally". Brent Taylor was shot dead in an insider attack in Kabul.

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The casualties come just days after another United States soldier was killed in Afghanistan's Nimroz province on Saturday.

Hours earlier, NATO's Resolute Support mission clarified its investigation into Saturday's killing of a US soldier, saying Sgt. Leandro Jasso was "likely accidentally shot" by an Afghan partner.

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About 14,000 USA troops remain in Afghanistan as part of Resolute Support and a separate counter-terrorism mission aimed against militant groups such as al Qaeda and Islamic State. "We've lost some troops doing it over the last several months, as you know", but Afghan troops since 2014 have taken the lead in the fighting and have suffered far more casualties.

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