Four U.S. Troops Killed in Four Days in Afghanistan

Saul Bowman
November 28, 2018

American-led combat operations against the Taliban officially ended in 2014, but some USA troops remain in the country to provide training and assistance to Afghan forces, which do most of the fighting.

On Saturday, Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso, a 25-year-old Army Ranger, was killed during an operation against al-Qaeda in southwestern Nimroz province, which borders Iran and Pakistan.

Three U.S. soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan today, while U.S. officials said the weekend death of another U.S. soldier was an accident caused by Afghan service members.

The deaths of Jasso and the three service members bring the number of USA troops killed in Afghanistan this year to 13.

Three other USA service members were wounded along with a US military contractor, they added.


The 1TVNews reports no group immediately responsibility for the attack near the city of Ghazni, the provincial capital.

It also brings the total of USA troops killed in combat in the Afghanistan War up to ten this year. The top US officer in the country, Army Gen. Austin "Scott" Miller, took the unusual step of carrying a rifle in the city last week. Resolute Support said the soldier had been accidentally shot by a member of Afghan partner forces. There are also several thousand U.S. Special Forces conducting counterterrorism missions. Jasso was evacuated to Helmand province, where he was pronounced dead, officials said.

The soldier's death follows a spate of so-called "insider attacks" that have rattled foreign troops tasked with training and assisting Afghan security forces. Jasso was wounded by small-arms fire and was treated and evacuated to the nearest medical treatment facility, where he died, NATO's Resolute Support mission said Tuesday.

The total number of USA military casualties during the 17-year Afghan war has been more than 2,400.

The US forces are part of the Nato-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, which has more than 16,000 personnel. The great majority of US forces withdrew by the end of 2014, but those still in the country often are involved in supporting combat situations on the ground as well as by air.

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