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3 US troops killed in IED blast in Afghanistan, 4 Americans injured

An Afghan Commando sweeps the road looking for mines in Bala Boluk district, Farah province, Afghanistan, May 24, 2018. Commandos from 4th and 9th Special Operation Kandaks conducted a nighttime raid into Tudanak village, Bala Boluk district, Afghanistan, May 23, 2018. Commandos destroyed an IED production facility housing 25 drums of homemade explosives. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Conroy)
November 27, 2018
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This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates as more information becomes available.

Three U.S. service members were killed by an IED roadside bomb in Afghanistan on Tuesday.

Three other American service members and one contractor were injured in the attack in Ghazni, officials said, Fox News reported.

The Taliban has reportedly claimed the attack and said the U.S. tank was “completely destroyed,” the Associated Press reported.

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The wounded are receiving medical attention, Fox reported.

None of the U.S. service members killed or those injured have been identified yet, pending next of kin notification.

Officials told Fox, “In accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the name of the service members killed in action are being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete.”

Ghazni is located south of Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital and is located strategically off Highway 1, which has been the main artery from Kabul to southern Afghanistan for thousands of years.

This attack comes just after another American death in Afghanistan on Saturday.

Army Ranger Sgt. Leandro Jasso, 25, was killed in what officials are now saying might have been friendly Afghan fire.

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There is an ongoing investigation.

It has been reported that Jasso was critically wounded in a firefight with “enemy forces” in Nimruz Province, and he later died after being evacuated to Helmand Province.

Jasso marked the ninth American service member killed in action in Afghanistan in 2018.

His death also marked the second U.S. death in November, after Utah Mayor Brent Taylor, 39, was killed in an insider attack in Kabul on Nov. 3.

The 17-year war in Afghanistan began in 2001. The U.S. and NATO still provide support to Afghan forces, even though the formal combat mission was concluded in 2014.

There are approximately 15,000 American forces currently serving in Afghanistan, the AP has reported.

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