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Pentagon Says Suicide Bomber Kills Two U.S. Troops Near Kandahar


U.S. troops assess the damage to an armored vehicle of NATO-led military coalition after a suicide attack in Kandahar on August 2.

The Pentagon has confirmed that two U.S. soldiers were killed in a suicide car-bomb attack on a convoy of NATO troops near the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on August 2.

Navy Captain Jeff Davis, the U.S. military spokesman, confirmed the deaths but did not immediately provide details on the numbers of troops wounded or their nationalities.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming that 15 NATO soldiers had been killed.

Afghan officials said the Taliban suicide bomber rammed a vehicle filled with explosives into the convoy in the Daman area, south of Kandahar.

A local security official the attack occurred near Kandahar airfield, about 23 kilometers south of Kandahar city, where international troops in NATO's Resolute Support mission are based.

There are about 13,500 U.S. and NATO troops currently in Afghanistan. The U.S. administration is deciding whether to send additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan to fight Taliban militants.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, Reuters, and dpa

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