Auto bomb kills three U.S. servicemembers, one contractor outside Bagram Air Field

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Three American service members and a contractor were killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan on Monday, according to Col. David Butler, a spokesperson for U.S. Forces Afghanistan. The names of those killed were being withheld for 24 hours until the notification of next of kin has been completed, as per Defense Department policy.

The blast took place on Monday close to Bagram Airfield, the largest USA military facility in Afghanistan.

Earlier, the Taliban claimed to have conducted an attack with a vehicle bomb, saying "multiple invaders" had been killed. Collette, and Sgt. 1st Class Will D. Lindsay. Three other USA service members were wounded.

The injured were evacuated and were receiving care, the Pentagon said.

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For months, the US and the Taliban have been negotiating a potential agreement to end the 18-year war after President Donald Trump signaled that he was open to additional diplomatic conversations. However, the Afghan government has not been directly involved in the negotiations, which it has insisted it must be to ensure a peace deal.

Afghan forces have launched an operation to drive back the Taliban four days after the insurgents attacked and besieged an army compound in the western Badghis province.

Negotiations between Khalilzad and the Taliban are expected to continue in Doha later this month. It also comes just one day after the USA envoy charged with negotiating with the Taliban, Zalmay Khalilzad, met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul.

"When we do that, we'll be able to reduce not only American forces there, but importantly the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces that are located inside and working together alongside us inside of Afghanistan", he said.

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