Afghanistan: US service members killed in bomb explosion

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Basir Mujahid, spokesman for the Kabul police chief, said the target of the attack was the British security contractor group G4S, which is based near an industrial park on the main road leading out of Kabul.

Najib Danish, spokesman for Afghanistan's Interior Ministry, says there's been a coordinated attack against security forces in the eastern part of the capital Kabul.

The explosion comes after at least 30 civilians were killed, along with 16 Taliban fighters, by government forces battling the insurgents in Helmand province overnight.

On November 20 at least 55 people were killed when a bomber blew himself up in the middle of a banquet hall in one of the deadliest attacks in Afghanistan this year. He said the company was now "coordinating with the Afghan authorities to bring it to a conclusion".

No individual or group has so far claimed responsibility behind the attack.

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"I would like to salute the patriotism of the Afghan security forces, every single one of whom is a volunteer", Ghani said.

The meeting aims to take stock of progress of the Afghan government in using billions of dollars in foreign aid for education, health care, humanitarian support and needs since 2016.

Trump has acknowledged that his original instinct was to withdraw from Afghanistan, but last week he suggested he is willing to stick it out, asserting that the USA is in "very strong negotiations" - an apparent reference to U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad's efforts to get the Taliban to agree to peace talks.

Three US service members were killed and three wounded when an improvised explosive device detonated on Tuesday (Nov 26) near the central Afghan city of Ghazni, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said in a statement. "It gives you an idea just how much of a load of this fight is being carried by the Afghan army", he said.

However Wednesday's assault also follows a wave of bloody violence across the war-torn country in recent weeks that has killed hundreds of people as militants step up their attacks.

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