American service members, 1 contractor killed in attack in Afghanistan

American service members, 1 contractor killed in attack in Afghanistan

In our news wrap Monday, three US service members and an American contractor died in Afghanistan.

Three other American servicemembers were wounded in the attack, which occurred late Monday near one of the Bagram Air Field's gates, the military's Resolute Support command said in a statement.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack and described it as a suicide auto bombing. In November, a roadside bomb blast killed three US service members near the central Afghan city of Ghazni.

The area outside Bagram, about 40 miles north of Kabul, was cordoned off following the blast, said Abdul Shakoor Qudoosi, the local district governor.

Three other service members were injured, a statement from the military says.

This comes amid creative diplomacy by the US Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad who after assuming the office last September has traveled to the region five times where he conducted marathon discussions with the Taliban leaders in Doha Qatar and a wider segment of the Afghan politicians in Afghanistan. Joseph P. Collette were killed during an operation, marking the third and fourth deaths for the USA military in Afghanistan this year.

More news: Jurgen Klopp hails ‘world class’ Mohamed Salah goal as Liverpool go top

There are 14,000 USA troops in Afghanistan, many of whom train, advise and assist Afghan forces in their fight against the Taliban.

Almost 2,300 American soldiers have died and more than 20,400 have been wounded in the country since a US-led coalition ousted the Taliban in 2001.

Taliban leaders are set to meet with Afghan officials in Qatar next week for a fresh round of talks as the United States tries to broker a peace deal.

The base in Bagram district is located in northern Parwan province and serves as the main US air facility in the country.

However, the Afghan political leadership has constantly urged upon the group to denounce violence, endorse Afghan Constitution and engage in direct talks with the government, but the Taliban has been saying that the group has refused to talk to the Afghan government.

The diplomatic spat between Washington and Kabul came to a head last month when Afghanistan's national security advisor Hamdullah Mohib accused Khalilzad of a lack of "transparency", even suggesting the Afghan-born envoy wanted to be "viceroy" of his native country.

Related Articles

  • Trump's US Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen resigns | #TheCube

    Trump's US Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen resigns | #TheCube

    She told a Senate committee that removing children from parents facing criminal charges happens "in the United States every day". President Donald Trump during a visit to a section of the border wall in Calexico California, U.S., April 5, 2019.
    Pakistan Says India Planning Another Military Attack

    Pakistan Says India Planning Another Military Attack

    MEA: "This public gimmick appears to be a call to Pakistan-based terrorists to undertake a terror attack in India". Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi during a press conference.
    Supreme Court verdict gives relief to power companies

    Supreme Court verdict gives relief to power companies

    However, the resolution process, which was expected to be expedited, may get delayed, Gupta said. The circular was applicable for loans of Rs 2,000 crore or more, and was a general circular.
  • Scientists capture record 17-foot-long python in Florida

    Scientists capture record 17-foot-long python in Florida

    The Facebook post said hunters have been able to locate and remove several breeding female pythons in the past few months. The team found the python by using a new approach in which researchers track male pythons by using radio transmitters.
    Judge blocks Trump's asylum policy but delays enforcement

    Judge blocks Trump's asylum policy but delays enforcement

    And he hailed the work of his son-in-law Jared Kushner, peace envoy Jason Greenblatt and USA ambassador to Israel David Friedman. President Donald Trump during the Republican Jewish Coalition 2019 Annual Leadership Meeting in Las Vegas , April 6, 2019.
    Benjamin Netanyahu Won't Move 'Even One' Settler For US Peace Plan

    Benjamin Netanyahu Won't Move 'Even One' Settler For US Peace Plan

    Saeb Erekat, secretary of the PLO's executive committee, told Arab News: "Such a statement by Netanyahu is not surprising". Most world nations consider the West Bank, as well as other territories seized by Israel following the 1967 war, occupied.
  • Baylor’s bigs loom large late, edge OR  to reach NCAA title game

    Baylor’s bigs loom large late, edge OR to reach NCAA title game

    Asked during a postgame news conference if she's made a decision about her future, Ionescu responded with a single word: "No". After a scoreless first quarter, Ionescu scored 12 in the second, which gave OR a one-point lead at halftime.
    Libya PM accuses rival of 'betrayal' over attack on Tripoli

    Libya PM accuses rival of 'betrayal' over attack on Tripoli

    There was no immediate statement from the United Nations -backed government, the militias that support it, or the United Nations . An air strike on the southern part of Tripoli was confirmed by a witness who spoke to Reuters .
    Liverpool top agent fee table at £43m - Premier League 2018

    Liverpool top agent fee table at £43m - Premier League 2018

    A lot of the time you're alone [in the gym] but you have to do it. If that means playing five games or 10 games, I'll take it all. The difference is we're in a better position in the FA Cup '.
  • PSG 2 - 2 Strasbourg | 07 April  2019

    PSG 2 - 2 Strasbourg | 07 April 2019

    The match would go on to end in a 2-2 draw, keeping the Ligue 1 title in question for the time being. As you can see from the clip below, PSG star Kylian Mbappe was left in disbelief of the play.
    Memorial held in Miami for slain rapper Nipsey Hussle

    Memorial held in Miami for slain rapper Nipsey Hussle

    I said what I said". " Nipsey's honor can't be disrespected like this". "I pray that we can stay on this positive path", he added. Black might have made the move to apologize because a radio station in Los Angeles has chose to no longer play his music .
    Yanks' Stanton on 10-day injured list with strained biceps

    Yanks' Stanton on 10-day injured list with strained biceps

    Sabathia is to pitch five innings Sunday for Class A Tampa, then could start what he says will be his final major league season. Andujar was second in AL Rookie of the Year voting last season after batting.297 with 47 doubles, 27 homers and an.855 OPS.