At Least 150 Killed in Battle for Control of Afghan District

Erika Holt
April 10, 2019

The wounded service members were evacuated and are receiving medical care, the statement said.

Three US service members and a contractor were killed and three other soldiers injured near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan in a blast from an improvised explosive device, the US military has said.

An Afghan military convoy drives past the site of a vehicle bomb attack where U.S soldiers were killed near Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, April 9, 2019.

The deadly assault comes as the Trump administration negotiates with the Taliban for a permanent peace deal in Afghanistan, where USA troops have operated since late 2001 in what is now the longest military engagement in American history.

The explosion happened at around 5:30pm on Monday, according to Bagram district governor Abdul Shakoor Qudoosi.

Authorities in Afghanistan say the latest military-led offensives, backed by coalition airpower, have killed almost 100 Taliban insurgents and injured dozens more in a bid to reclaim full control of a volatile district in western Badghis province.

The Taliban said a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden vehicle near the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation base in Bagram district, in Parwan province.

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The names of the casualties are being withheld for at least 24 hours pending next-of-kin notification.

In February, the top U.S. envoy seeking to broker peace in Afghanistan met the Taliban's co-founder in an attempt to end the 17-year conflict.

"My heartfelt prayers to the families of the Americans killed near Bagram".

Afghan security forces have borne the brunt of the fighting since NATO's combat mission ended in 2014.

While their primary mission is to advise and assist Afghan security forces, USA troops continue to conduct daily patrols throughout Afghanistan.

The Taliban effectively control half the country and launch daily attacks on the army and police. He said Afghans want peace, but "they don't want to live the way that the Taliban want them to live". Abdullah Abdullah shares power with President Ashraf Ghani in a US -brokered unity government. The outspoken advisor visited eastern provinces when Khalilzad was in Kabul.

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