Five U.S. troops wounded in Afghanistan on 9/11 anniversary

U.S. Soldiers with Task Force Iron maneuver an M-777 howitzer so it can be towed into position at Bost Airfield, Afghanistan, on June 10. On Monday, five U.S. soldiers were wounded in a suicide bomb attack. Photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff/U.S. Marine Corps /UPI

Sept. 12 (UPI) — Five U.S. troops were wounded in an apparent suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan on Monday, the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that propelled the United States into a war still raging today.

The suicide bomber drove a car bomb into an armored convoy near the Bagram Air Base in northern Afghanistan, officials told Fox News.

The attack affected the NATO-led coalition, Operation Resolute Support, and at least one more troop from an undisclosed country was wounded in the bombing, as well.

“A small number of Resolute Support service members and Afghan civilians were wounded today when a suicide attacker targeted their convoy with a vehicle borne improvised explosive device near the village of Qal’eh-ye Musa Bala in Parwan Province,” according to a statement released by the coalition, reported CNN.

The United States has led coalitions in Afghanistan since weeks after the 9/11 attacks and have remained ever since.

“Each of us will walk away from this simple ceremony reminded that the war is not over and that further sacrifice will be required,” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford said Monday during an event for the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

More than 2,400 U.S. troops have been killed in Afghanistan since President George W. Bush launched a war there in 2001.

Estimates vary regarding the financial cost of the war in Afghanistan, but they range between $841 billion and $2 trillion.

In August, President Donald Trump announced he would increase U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan.


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