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U.S. military: Georgian soldier killed, 2 Americans wounded in latest Afghan attack

Helmand province No mercy on those committing terror acts: Afghan President
Andrew Cummings | 06 August, 2017, 01:36

Meanwhile, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission in Afghanistan announced Friday morning that a suicide attack in Kabul province Thursday night injured two more US troops.

Friday's fighting, which followed an attack on a convoy near Kabul that killed a Georgian member of the NATO-led Resolute Support training and advisory mission, was a further illustration of the rising violence across Afghanistan this year.

Mohammad Dawood, spokesman for the National Directorate of Security, said the attacks on checkpoints were all beaten back.

Claiming responsibility for the attack, Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said in a tweet that eight foreign forces had been killed or injured in the attack.

In recent weeks, the Taliban have been increasing their attacks on towns and cities across the country.

Prior to those attacks, two Romanian special forces troops were killed and another wounded in May 2016 when a local Afghan policeman opened fire on them.

The six wounded personnel - two USA service members, three Georgian soldiers one Afghan interpreter - are in stable condition and being treated at a US military hospital at Bagram Airfield.

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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.

An ANCOP officer was also wounded in the crossfire.

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

Of the roughly 13,500 troops that make up the Resolute Support mission, about 870 are Georgian - the largest non-NATO contribution in the 39-country coalition and the fourth-largest overall, behind the U.S., Italy and Germany.

Meanwhile, Zwak said that at least five security force members were killed when a auto bomb blastoccurred close to their outpost in the district on Thursday evening.

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