Suicide bomber slays two US soldiers in NATO convoy

U.S. troops assess the damage to an armoured vehicle of NATO-led military coalition after a suicide attack in Kandahar province. REUTERS/Ahmad Nadeem

The US military stated that, on Wednesday in Afghanistan a suicide bomb assault killed two American troops as they were heading towards in a convoy near the airport in the southern city of Kandahar. Assault was a reminder of the risks posed to the 8,400 US soldiers in Afghanistan as President Donald Trump weighs sending more troops to America’s war.

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Local safety official conveyed that the assailant drove an explosives vehicle into the convoy.  The Taliban asserted accountability for the assault in an online post by representative Zabihullah Mujahid. The explosion shattered two vehicles and 15 foreign soldiers died. Officials further added that Military helicopters landed at the spot over four times as reacting troops secured the area and detached the damaged vehicle.

Pentagon representatives Navy Captain Jeff Davis declared the deaths from Washington. He gave no further details and the Pentagon declined comment on any wounded. One US official stated that there could be NATO-led alliance injured in the assault but did not provide a number.

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In Kandahar the airport is home to a major military base for international troops helping Afghan security forces in their struggle to contain the Islamist Taliban insurgency. The coalition keeps up about 13,000 troops from 39 nations as a component of a mission to prepare, prompt and help Afghan troops.

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US military leaders in Afghanistan have requested a few thousand extra troops yet the demand is slowed down in Washington, where Trump has communicated incredulity over expanding the US duty.