Monday, 22 July, 2019

U.S. Forces: 3 Ft. Devens-Based Marines Killed, Afghan Contractor Wounded

Christopher Slutman was hailed by his colleagues during his career with the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department left and the New York City Fire Department right FDNY Firefighter Christopher Slutman, 43, died in Afghanistan
Deanna Wagner | 13 April, 2019, 19:56

In November, a roadside bomb blast killed three USA service members near the central Afghan city of Ghazni.

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New York City officials say Slutman was the fourth FDNY member to die while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan since 2003.

In 2014, Slutman received a medal for pulling an unconscious woman from a high-rise apartment fire in the Bronx.

"We send our deepest condolences to Firefighter Slutman's family, the families of the other service members who bravely served alongside him, and the entire FDNY Community". The base in Bagram district serves as the main US air facility in the country.

The Taliban claimed credit for the attack, which involved a auto bomb targeting a United States military convoy near one of America's largest military facilities in Afghanistan.

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A contractor was also reported killed, but the military said Tuesday that the man, an Afghan citizen, survived with injuries.

Four were passersby and the fifth was a driver of a vehicle going down the road, said Abdul Raqib Kohistani, the Bagram district police chief.

The bombing was the deadliest incident for Americans in Afghanistan since November, when a roadside bomb blast in the country's eastern Ghazni province killed four USA troops. Abdul Shakor Qudosi, the district administrative chief in Bagram, said American soldiers opened fire immediately after their convoy was bombed.

There are about 14,000 USA forces in Afghanistan, supporting embattled Afghan forces as they struggle on two fronts - facing a resurgent Taliban who now hold sway over nearly half the country and also the Islamic State affiliate, which has sought to expand its footprint in Afghanistan even as its self-proclaimed "caliphate" has crumbled in Syria and Iraq. "USA service members have sacrificed their lives in Afghanistan to keep us safe and no cowardly act of terror will impede our efforts to achieve peace".

Afghan government representatives are participating in talks as part of a larger group of prominent Afghans.