The service members, who were supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel, were identified as: Army Capt. Andrew Patrick Ross, 29, of Lexington, Va., Army Sgt. 1st Class Eric Michael Emond, 39, of Brush Prairie, Wash., and Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan J. Elchin, 25, of Hookstown, Penn. Their deaths bring the number of total U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan in 2018 to 13.
3 U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan bombing
Three U.S. service members died after a roadside explosive device detonated near Ghazni, Afghanistan, wounding three others along with an American contractor.
The big picture: 13 U.S. service members have now been killed in Afghanistan in 2018, according to iCasualties, and this is the first incident in which three American soldiers were killed there at one time since June 2017. The NATO Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan also issued a statement Tuesday about a service member killed on Nov. 24, announcing that Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso was likely accidentally shot by a member of the Afghan partner force.