Bomb kills three USA soldiers in Afghanistan

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Following an assessment on scene, it was determined that the contractor, an Afghan national, had received initial treatment with other injured civilians, according to Operation Resolute Support officials.

The Taliban said a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden auto near the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation base in Bagram district, in the Parwan Province.

The bomber struck as military personnel were conducting a security patrol near Bagram air base, a major air hub for foreign forces in Afghanistan, according Col. Dave Butler, a spokesman for the USA -led military command there.

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In addition, three USA service members were wounded in the blast.

In accordance with US Department of Defense policy, the name of the service members killed in action are being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete, the statement added.

Other reports suggested that it was a suicide bombing claimed by the Taliban, with an attacker driving an explosive-laden auto into a U.S. military convoy. Abdul Shakor Qudosi, the district administrative chief in Bagram, said American soldiers opened fire immediately after their convoy was bombed.

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The fatalities, which bring to seven the number of US soldiers killed so far this year in Afghanistan, underscore the difficulties in bringing peace to the war-wrecked country even as Washington has stepped up efforts to find a way to end the 17-year war, America's longest.

The violence continues in the country despite the United States and the Taliban holding several rounds of peace talks since late a year ago, with the latest one ending earlier this month.

U.S. Soldiers with Task Force Iron maneuver an M-777 howitzer, so it can be towed into position at Bost Airfield, Afghanistan. The Taliban has balked at negotiating with the Afghans, which the group views as an American puppet organization.

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In order to achieve a breakthrough in the talks, the Afghan government has proposed two lists of 22 individuals for peace negotiations with the Taliban and a list of 37 people as members of the Council for Reconciliation.

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