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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  • Dr. Jason Dempsey

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Military, Veterans, and Society Program

    Jason Dempsey is an Adjunct Senior Fellow of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Dr. Dempsey has written on American ...