Bomb kills five U.S. soldiers in Afghan south

KABUL Sat May 4, 2013 3:45pm EDT

KABUL (Reuters) - Five U.S. soldiers were killed by a bomb in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar on Saturday, a U.S. authorities said, capping off one of the bloodiest weeks for international forces this year.

The attack underscored the dangers faced by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), even as they hand over much of the fighting to the Afghans before a planned departure next year.

Nineteen U.S. personnel have been killed in the last week in three air crashes and Saturday's bombing. Three British soldiers were also killed on Tuesday by a roadside bomb in the southern province of Helmand.

ISAF said on its website that the five soldiers were killed by an improvised explosive device in southern Afghanistan. A U.S. forces spokesman in the region and a Pentagon official said the five dead were U.S. troops.

Kandahar authorities said the soldiers' vehicle struck an IED in Maiwand district, which borders Helmand province to the west and is considered one of the most volatile of Kandahar's districts.

Last month, nine Afghan men working for a mine clearance organization were taken captive by Taliban fighters there, though they were later released.

(Reporting by Dylan Welch, Amie Ferris-Rotman in Afghanistan and Timothy Gardner in Washington; Editing by Doina Chiacu and Mike Collett-White)

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Comments (13)
Cleveland2012 wrote:
Afghanistan is not worth one more drop of American blood.

We should let them fight it out. That is going to happen anyway.

May 04, 2013 9:38am EDT  --  Report as abuse
crittertron wrote:
“The Taliban launched their annual spring offensive on Sunday” So the 12th annual right … are there any good bands playing?

May 04, 2013 9:49am EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlfredReaud wrote:
What in the hell are we still doing over there anyhow. We should get out, immediately, and let them go back to their barbaric ways of a society dominated by insane religious fanatics who treat their dogs better than they treat their women. Let them drag themselves into the 21st century or let them stay in the stone age at their own preference, but let it be done without a further drop of American or European blood.

May 04, 2013 10:49am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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