3 US service members and 1 contractor killed in Afghanistan


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(CNN) — Three U.S. service members and one contractor were killed by an improvised explosive device near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Monday, according to the U.S. military. Three other U.S. service members were wounded.

A statement from the military said the wounded service members have been evacuated and are receiving medical care.

The Taliban claimed credit for the attack, which involved a car bomb targeting a U.S. military convoy near one of America’s largest military facilities in Afghanistan.

Seven U.S. service members have been killed in Afghanistan this year.

The U.S. has about 14,000 troops in Afghanistan, where they primarily advise Afghan forces battling the Taliban and the local ISIS affiliate.

While U.S. officials have said that peace talks with the Taliban have made progress, they have yet to finalize any agreements and intense fighting between the government and the insurgency continues.

The U.S. envoy to the peace talks, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, left Afghanistan on Sunday following meetings with Afghan president Ashraf Ghani.

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