Three US Marines were killed when a VBIED (vehicle borne improvised explosive device) detonated near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Monday. The men were attached to the NATO Resolute Support Mission. Three other troops were injured in the blast and are receiving medical treatment. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bomb.
Initial reports said that an American contractor was killed, but that was revised on Tuesday to say that it was an Afghani contractor and he is alive and being treated, according to ABC. At least 5 Afghan civilians were wounded in the blast, according to an article in RFERL.
At a Congressional hearing on Tuesday, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer confirmed that the three men killed were US Marines.
One of the deceased was identified as Marine Staff Sgt Christopher Slutman. Slutman had served with the Volunteer Kentland Fire Department and FDNY for 19 years.
“…Through this trying time, we will remember Chris for the father, husband, brother, son, and friend that he was, the moral character he displayed daily, and the courage and conviction to serve his fellow Americans, both at home and abroad…
We ask for your thoughts and prayers for his firehouse brothers, his fellow Marines, his friends – but most of all, his family.”
Fire Chief Oleg Pelekhaty
The other two Marines killed have yet to be identified. The three deaths bring to seven Americans killed since the beginning of the year.
The US is in “negotiations” with the Taliban, to bring an end to the 18 year war in Afghanistan. They are negotiating with vipers who will turn on anyone at the drop of a hat.
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