Two U.S. soldiers killed in Kabul bombing: officials

An Afghan policeman keeps watch at the site of a Taliban attack in Kabul November 19, 2014.

An Afghan policeman keeps watch at the site of a Taliban attack in Kabul November 19, 2014.

Two U.S. Army soldiers were killed on Monday when their vehicle was struck by a homemade bomb in the Afghan capital Kabul, defense officials said.

One of the troops was a non-commissioned officer and the second was an enlisted soldier, two officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.

There were also civilian casualties in the assault but there were no further details available.

The bombing came after insurgents staged a horrific suicide attack on Sunday in the eastern province of Paktika, killing 57 people at a volleyball match.

The assault Sunday coincided with the lower of house of parliament approving agreements that will allow 12,500 NATO troops, including more than 9,000 Americans, to remain in the country next year.

More than 2,200 American troops have been killed in the 13-year-old war, according to the Pentagon.

U.S. casualties have dramatically declined over the past two years as Afghan forces have taken over combat duties. But the Afghan army and police have suffered a heavy death toll, with 4,634 troops killed so far this year, and 4,350 in 2013.

U.S. commanders have called the Afghan casualty toll “unsustainable.”

 
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