Mountains and a Chinook around Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan
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Bagram Air Base Bomb: Three US Marines Killed In Afghanistan Identified

They were assigned to 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve.

Mountains and a Chinook around Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan

Library image of a Chinook around Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan (Picture: US Department of Defense).

Three US service members that have been killed by an improvised explosive device near Bagram Air Base have been named.

The Pentagon has identified them as Corporal Robert A. Hendriks, 25, Sergeant Benjamin S. Hines, 31 and Staff Sergeant Christopher K.A. Slutman, 43.

They were assigned to 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve when their convoy hit an improvised explosive device.

A contractor who was previously thought to have been killed is, in fact, alive and being treated.

Three other personnel were also injured. They were evacuated and are receiving medical care.

"We feel and mourn the loss of these Americans with their families and loved ones," said Gen Scott Miller, Commanding General of Resolute Support and United States Forces – Afghanistan.

"They volunteered to protect their country.  We will continue our mission."

Mountains near Bagram Airfield
Those wounded in the incident are being treated at Bagram Airfield (Picture: US Army).

There are about 14,000 US personnel in Afghanistan, supporting Afghan forces as they struggle on two fronts - facing a resurgent Taliban who now hold sway over almost half the country and also so-called Islamic State, which has sought to expand its footprint in Afghanistan even as its self-proclaimed "caliphate" has crumbled in Syria and Iraq.

Last year, 13 US service members were killed in Afghanistan.

In December 2018, it emerged President Trump was considering withdrawing 7,000 American troops from Afghanistan.

The number is half the number of all US forces in the country.

The conflict has been continuing for 17 years and at one point saw 100,000 troops on the ground.

It has proven to be a difficult war for America but one that Donald Trump vowed he would end during his Presidential campaign.