October 22, 2014
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - It's been a deadly for Americans in Afghanistan.
Seven U.S. service members have been killed. The U.S.-led coalition reports five were killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, and coalition spokesman Capt. Luca Carniel confirmed that all five were American.
The coalition did not disclose the location of the roadside bombing, but a spokesman for the governor of Kandahar province said the coalition patrol hit the bomb in a district known as the spiritual birthplace of the Taliban.
Later, the coalition reported that a soldier with the Afghan National Army turned his weapon on coalition troops in the west, killing two in the most recent of so-called insider attacks.
The attacks come about a week after the Taliban announced the start of their spring offensive.