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July 02, 2020
Discussion of Russian bounties thrusts deaths of three Marines into spotlight
Source: The Washington Post
Journalists Dan Lamothe, Paul Sonne, Missy Ryan
With a burst of light and dust, an armored vehicle carrying Marines outside a major U.S. air base in Afghanistan erupted into flames, killing three men inside and plunging their unit into chaos.
The April 2019 car bombing about a mile from Bagram air base had the hallmark of a coordinated ambush, said two defense officials familiar with the details. A sedan packed with explosives blew up as the Marines rolled alongside of it, mangling their mine-resistant vehicle.
The Taliban released a photo of the explosion afterward, asserting responsibility for it and saying that “multiple invaders” were killed and wounded.
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