Heavy explosion heard in Kabul city

Heavy explosion heard in Kabul city

The deaths brought the total of USA service members killed up to four in just four days.

On Tuesday, NATO's Resolute Support mission said Jasso's death was likely the result of friendly fire from an Afghan security forces unit.

However, Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid, said gunfire was not heard in the area and that security forces were on their way to the attack scene.

Of the roughly 14,000 American forces still serving in Afghanistan, most are there to advise and assist Afghan troops who despite 17 years of fighting have continued to lose ground against a resurgent Taliban.

A auto bomb exploded near a security camp in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, Reuters reported, adding that at least six people wounded in the attack have been evacuated.

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He spoke three days before Army Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso, 25, of Leavenworth, Washington, was fatally wounded in a firefight with al-Qaida militants in southwestern Nimruz province.

"Early interviews indicate the tragic accident occurred when the partnered force became engaged in a close-quarter battle during an assault on one of multiple barricaded al Qaida shooters", the statement noted. Of Ghazni's 19 districts, 12 are controlled by the Taliban and six more are contested, according to an ongoing study by FDD's Long War Journal.

Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for the Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted on Twitter.

The violence comes as the Taliban intensifies pressure on Afghan security forces, even as the global community ramps up efforts towards talks. Earlier this month, US Gen. Scott Miller, the head of US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Afghanistan who survived an October firefight in Kandahar, was photographed carrying a fully loaded M4 carbine assault rifle while visiting the Ghazni area.

The Taliban wants to drive worldwide forces out of the country and establish a legal system based on a strict interpretation of Islamic jurisprudence, a conflict which has claimed thousands of lives in Afghanistan. Of Afghanistan's 34 provinces, Ghazni was the only one not capable of conducting the election.

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