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We are saddened to report that two U.S. service members were killed Wednesday when their convoy came under attack by Taliban terrorists in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province.

An Afghan police official in Kandahar said a suicide bomber hit the NATO convoy of international troops on the edge of the southern city of Kandahar. NATO officials also confirmed the attack.

“Resolute Support can confirm that a NATO convoy was attacked this afternoon in Kandahar,” a NATO statement read. “The attack did cause casualties.”

The two deaths brings the total number of U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan this year to nine, Fox News reports.

The American forces in southern Afghanistan are part of the more than 8,400 troops currently deployed in the country.

The combined U.S. and NATO troop contingent currently in Afghanistan is about 13,500. The Trump administration is deciding whether to send about 4,000 or more U.S. soldiers to Afghanistan in an attempt to stem Taliban gains.

U.S. and international forces operate primarily out of Kandahar Airfield in southern Afghanistan. There are also more than 300 Marines and Army soldiers in neighboring Helmand Province.

Kandahar is considered to be the spiritual home of the Taliban.

News of the bombing comes just a day after two U.S. soldiers were injured when their Black Hawk helicopter made a hard landing in the Achin District.

The Taliban in a statement claimed it opened fire on the helicopter, killing everyone on board. The insurgents routinely exaggerate their gains and casualties they inflict in battle.

On Monday, Afghan security forces battled gunmen following a suicide attack outside the Iraqi embassy in the capital, Kabul.

ISIS said it carried out the attack.

A bomber blew himself up at the gate of the embassy in the central Shar-e-Naw neighborhood, then three other attackers entered the compound, the Afghan interior ministry said, according to BBC.

Kabul has seen a number of deadly assaults this year blamed on either ISIS or the Taliban.

Correspondents say this is the first attack on the city’s Iraqi embassy. It comes two weeks after the embassy held a news conference to celebrate the defeat of IS in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

Last Monday a suicide car bomb killed at least 30 people in a mainly Shia district of Kabul. The Taliban said they carried out that attack.

On 31 May, a huge bombing in the center of the city killed more than 150 people, the deadliest militant attack in the country since US-led forces ousted the Taliban from power in 2001.

The violence underlines the precarious security situation in Afghanistan as US President Donald Trump weighs up whether to increase the number of US troops aiding the military and police in the country.

IS announced the establishment of its Khorasan branch – an old name for Afghanistan and surrounding areas – in January 2015. It was the first time that ISIS had officially spread outside the Arab world.

In April, two U.S. Army Rangers were killed by ISIS fighters in Achin, just weeks after the U.S. military dropped the “Mother of all Bombs’, or MOAB, on an ISIS cave complex.

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