Car bomb injures unit in Afghanistan that includes U.S. troops

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Resolute Support (RS) service members were wounded by a car bomb Friday, as confirmed in a statement released by the NATO-led mission. In addition to U.S. troops, RS includes troops from an international coalition in Afghanistan.

The statement from RS does not identify the nationalities of the injured troops or the extent of the injuries. It indicated only that injured soldiers were taken to a Kandahar Airfield hospital for treatment.

The statement read:

A small number of Resolute Support service members were wounded today when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device targeted their patrol in Kandahar.

The service members were taken to the Kandahar Airfield hospital for treatment.

More information will be released as appropriate.

No additional details have been provided.

NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan began in 2015. It was previously the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), which was established to assist Afghan opposition leaders to create a secure environment in and around Kabul and support the reconstruction of Afghanistan, according to RS’s website.

Currently, there are nearly 11,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan on a dual mission of training, advising and assisting Afghan troops, and conducting counter-terrorism missions. Defense Secretary James Mattis has signed orders to deploy another 3,500 troops, as President Donald J. Trump indicated would be necessary during a prime-time address in late August.

On Monday, a suicide bomber wounded five U.S. troops, a Georgian soldier and some civilians near the village of Qal’eh-ye Musa Bala in Parwan Province. That attack also targeted a Resolute Support convoy with a car bomb.

Resolute Support described the following on its website:

NATO’s mission in Afghanistan, Resolute Support, is of strategic importance and fully incorporates a resolute partnership with the Afghan government. Resolute Support military and civilian personnel, in conjunction with their Afghan counterparts, conduct daily training, advising, and assisting in elements critical to a fully-functioning government. This includes developing Afghan leadership, advising on Afghan reforms for fighting corruption, and most importantly, optimizing Afghan National Defense and Security Forces capabilities and resources to defend and protect Afghanistan from its enemies. Ultimately, in full partnership with the Afghan government, Resolute Support seeks reconciliation and peace for Afghanistan.

Resolute Support focuses on eight key areas, called “Essential Functions,” or EFs. These eight areas provide the framework and guidelines that enable Afghanistan and its security forces to sustain their efforts and help guide Afghanistan to a brighter future.

EF 1: Multi-year Budgeting and Execution of Programs

EF 2: Transparency, Accountability and Oversight (preventing corruption)

EF 3: Civilian Governance of Afghan Security Institutions

EF 4: Force Generation (recruit, train and equip the force)

EF 5: Sustainment (supply and maintenance)

EF 6: Strategy and Policy Planning, Resourcing, and Execution (plan, resource campaigns)

EF 7: Intelligence

EF 8: Strategic Communication

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