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Two US service members are killed in Afghanistan blast

A suicide bombing attack on a NATO convoy in southern Afghanistan left two American service members dead, a Pentagon spokesman said.

Navy Capt Jeff Davis confirmed the casualties in the attack near Kandahar city on Wednesday.  

The Pentagon's decision to release the figures seemed to contradict orders issued two months ago by Army Gen John Nicholson, the top US commander in Afghanistan, barring information about US combat deaths until days after the incident.

US military officials in Afghanistan refused to give any information about the casualties, even after the Pentagon released the casualty figures.

A suicide bombing attack on a NATO convoy in southern Afghanistan left two American service members dead, a Pentagon spokesman said on Wednesday. US troops are seen assessing the damage to an armored vehicle of a NATO-led military coalition after the attack 

A suicide bombing attack on a NATO convoy in southern Afghanistan left two American service members dead, a Pentagon spokesman said on Wednesday. US troops are seen assessing the damage to an armored vehicle of a NATO-led military coalition after the attack 

Navy Capt Jeff Davis confirmed the casualties in the attack near Kandahar city, but officials refused to give any information about the casualties

Navy Capt Jeff Davis confirmed the casualties in the attack near Kandahar city, but officials refused to give any information about the casualties

The Taliban quickly took responsibility for the attack, and a spokesman for the insurgents said the bombing allegedly killed 15 soldiers but the Taliban routinely exaggerate their gains and casualty figures

The Taliban quickly took responsibility for the attack, and a spokesman for the insurgents said the bombing allegedly killed 15 soldiers but the Taliban routinely exaggerate their gains and casualty figures

There was no information on the number of troops wounded. 

Nicholson's orders stifling information from the US military in Afghanistan was met with opposition from within the Pentagon, where officials reportedly tried to resolve the impasse.

However, the decision by the Pentagon to release Wednesday's casualty figures would seem to indicate that the issue has gone unresolved two months into the order.

Nicholson said the reason for the delay was to allow time for notification of family. 

Yet it upends Pentagon practice since the Vietnam era, and gives the public less information and transparency into a war that has raged for 16 years, resulting in thousands of deaths and injuries.

The Taliban quickly took responsibility for the attack, and a spokesman for the insurgents said the bombing allegedly killed 15 soldiers but the Taliban routinely exaggerate their gains and casualty figures.

In their claim of responsibility, the Taliban also said the attack destroyed two armored tanks. 

The insurgents' spokesman for southern Afghanistan, Qari Yusuf Ahmadi, said fighter Asadullah Kandahari was the 'hero' who carried out the attack with a small pick-up truck packed with explosives.

Kandahar province was the Taliban spiritual heartland and the headquarters of their leadership during the five-year rule of the Taliban, which ended with the US invasion in 2001.

The service members were part of an international force referred to as the Train, Advise and Assist Command south, a reference to their location in the country. 

US military spokesman in Afghanistan Lt Damien E. Horvath said that five other countries besides the US are stationed in the south and include, Australia, Germany, Bulgaria, Poland and Romania.

Ghulam Ali, who runs a mechanics shop near the attack site on the outskirts of the city of Kandahar, said the intensity of the blast knocked him out.

When he came to, he saw a military vehicle on fire on the road. He

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