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Finding a Realistic Middle Way for the U.S. in Afghanistan

06 August 2017, 01:34 | Marta Robbins

A suicide bomber targeted the convoy of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Kabul province late on Thursday evening

A suicide bomber targeted the convoy of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Kabul province late on Thursday evening

A suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan on Wednesday killed two American troops as they were traveling in a convoy near the airport in the southern city of Kandahar, the US military said, in a strike claimed by the Taliban insurgency.

Stepped up Taliban attacks this week have focused mostly on the country's south, but there was also a deadly bombing in the western city of Herat, where 32 people died in a militant assault on a Shiite mosque.

In June, three American soldiers were killed and seven more wounded in a pair of incidents that took place in the span of a single week, reports Reuters.

So far, nine USA soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan this year.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid told The Associated Press over the phone yesterday that one of its fighters from Takhar province carried out the attack.

"A wounded Romanian soldier is being treated at Kandahar Airfield medical facilities", Resolute Support said, adding that another ANCOP member was wounded in the crossfire and is being treated at an Afghan medical facility.

Abdul Sami Sharifi, the district governor in Qarabagh, said the attacker in Thursday's bombing was riding a motorcycle and rammed the bike into a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation patrol, setting off his explosives.

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"The Pentagon is considering sending almost 4,000 more troops to the country to train their Afghan counterparts, joining a US contingent that now numbers roughly 8,500".

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.Further details are awaited.

Two US soldiers died when a Taliban suicide bomber rammed a vehicle filled with explosives into their convoy in Kandahar on Wednesday.

The Taliban claimed that attack.

The attacks in Helmand, one of the most insecure provinces in Afghanistan, where militants control large swathes of land, targeted security forces in Grishk district from late Thursday to Friday afternoon.

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