WASHINGTON – Three U.S. troops were killed Monday in an explosion near the military’s sprawling Bagram Air Base north of Kabul, according to the NATO military command in Afghanistan.
A contractor, whose nationality was not announced, was also killed in the blast. The attack wounded three more U.S. troops who were evacuated and are receiving medical treatment. Names of those killed are being withheld pending notification of family.
The deaths Monday bring to seven the number of U.S. troops killed this year in Afghanistan.
The war has killed more than 2,400 U.S. troops in Afghanistan since 2001. Thirteen troops died there in 2018. Two troops died there in March during combat operations.
Homemade bombs, referred to as improvised explosive devices, were the main killer of U.S. troops during the peak of U.S. involvement there in 2010 and 2011. There were more than 100,000 U.S. troops there during that period.
President Donald Trump has considered cutting in half the current U.S. troop presence of 14,000 in Afghanistan.
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