Three U.S. troops killed by Afghanistan explosion

WASHINGTON Fri Jun 20, 2014 11:30pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three U.S. troops and a working dog were killed by a bomb blast on Friday in southern Afghanistan, a U.S. official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

No information was immediately available about the incident. The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, in Afghanistan said in a statement three service members died following an improvised explosive device attack.

ISAF did not provide the nationality of the victims.

The Taliban, ousted by U.S.-backed forces in the aftermath of al Qaeda's September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, is engaged in a summer offensive ahead of the planned withdrawal of most foreign troops by the end of this year.

The United States plans to reduce its force in Afghanistan to less than 10,000 after 2014 and withdraw almost all of them by the end of 2016.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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Comments (3)
sabrefencer wrote:
Sorry for the losses of brave American soldiers, probably just patrolling to keep an area safe ..what a waste of blood and treasure, for 2 presidents, Karzai and Obama, who both don’t want us there…

Jun 20, 2014 12:13am EDT  --  Report as abuse
REnninga wrote:
Don’t dishonor three US service members by using their deaths as just another opportunity for a political statement. Have a little respect.

Jun 21, 2014 2:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse
unionwv wrote:
Why would a “U.S. Official” tell the American People of their soldier’s deaths only “on condition of anonymity”?

Who is this “official” so afraid of?

Jun 21, 2014 10:54am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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