Afghanistan Coalition Patrol Attacked by Suicide Bomber
On Thursday, another suicide attack killed one Afghanistan coalition soldier from Georgia (the country) and wounded 5 soldiers, as well as one translator. The troops were on patrol when the bomb detonated. Operation Resolute Support described it as a “personnel-borne IED.”
In addition, two civilians were killed and seven wounded in the attack, according to Reuters. The wounded Georgians and interpreter were reportedly treated at Bagram Airbase. The Taliban claimed responsibility.
— Battle Analytics (@BattleAnalytics) August 4, 2017
“Our prayers today are with the almost 900 Georgian soldiers in Afghanistan who are mourning their fallen comrade,” -Gen John Nicholson pic.twitter.com/JzlHUacTgq
— Resolute Support (@ResoluteSupport) August 4, 2017
The six wounded were listed in stable condition as of this writing.
— Sediq Sediqqi (@SediqSediqqi) August 3, 2017
The attack took place Thursday evening in Qarabagh District, Kabul province, according to the press service of Operation Resolute Support, NATO’s mission in Afghanistan.
Qarabagh is located about 30 miles (50 km) north of the city of Kabul, near Bagram Airbase, the largest US base in Afghanistan.
Georgia is not a full-fledged member of NATO…yet. The Alliance decided not to offer Georgia membership in NATO for fear it would anger Russia. US and Poland backed their entrance, Germany and France were against it. But unlike some other countries, Georgia has stepped up their commitment to the war on terror with nearly 900 soldiers in Afghanistan in support.
“The commitment of Georgia as our largest non-NATO contributor is vital to our mission and we are honored to stand beside them under these difficult circumstances.” Gen John Nicholson
— Rose Gottemoeller (@Gottemoeller) August 4, 2017
— NATO in Afghanistan (@NATOscr) August 4, 2017
— Jens Stoltenberg (@jensstoltenberg) August 3, 2017
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