The troops were advisers and not boots on the ground.
Via FOX News
Two American troops and a Polish service member were killed Tuesday when a Taliban suicide car bomber attacked a foreign motorcade just a couple hundred yards from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Fox News confirms.
The NATO-led international military coalition in Afghanistan said five others were wounded in the attack.
Security forces in full battle gear administered CPR to wounded comrades shortly after the 8:10 a.m. blast, which rattled nearby neighborhoods and sent a plume of smoke high into the sky.
The attack – which the Taliban claimed responsibility for — happened on a main Kabul road that leads to the airport, next to an ISAF base that houses many Americans.
The three military deaths — and a fourth in the country’s east — brought the total number of international troops killed in Afghanistan this year to 59, at least 44 of whom were American.[...]
In the aftermath of the blast, Afghan and foreign troops secured the area as fire and rescue vehicles moved in. Investigators inspected an empty black SUV, its windows smashed and exterior pockmarked with shrapnel.
In a separate attack in the country’s east, ISAF said Tuesday that one of its troops died after being shot by an individual wearing an Afghan army uniform. That raises the possibility that the service member died from a so-called insider attack carried out by an Afghan soldier, a serious problem over the last couple of years.
ISAF said it will continue to train and advise Afghan security forces “and does not view these incidents as representative of the positive relationship between our forces.”