A female US Air Force officer, who was an openly homosexual member of the US military, has been identified as one of the six American troops killed in an attack in Afghanistan.
In one of the deadliest attacks against the NATO occupation force in Afghanistan this year, a Taliban bomber targeted a military convoy near Bagram Air Base, located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Kabul, on Monday, killing six and injuring three US troops.
Among the dead was Air Force Major Adrianna Vorderbruggen, a Department of Defense official told the Daily Beast news website on Tuesday.
The 36-year-old was the first openly homosexual US servicewoman killed in action, the report said.
According to Air Force spokeswoman Linda Card, Vorderbruggen was working with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI), which is the main law enforcement branch of the US Air Force.
Detective Joseph Lemm, 45, a New York police detective serving in the Air National Guard, and Staff Sergeant Louis Bonacasa, 31, were also killed in Monday's attack.
The other three killed were Michael Cinco, 28, Peter Taub, 30, and Chester McBride, 30, the Air Force said. They all served with Vorderbruggen in the OIS.
The US and its allies invaded Afghanistan on October 7, 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban regime from power, but after more than 14 years, the foreign troops have still not been able to establish security in the country.
In October, President Barack Obama announced plans to keep 9,800 US troops in Afghanistan through 2016 and 5,500 in 2017, reneging on his promise to end the war there and bring home most American forces from the Asian country before he leaves office.
According to US officials, Washington would also maintain a large counterterrorism capability of terror drones and Special Operations forces to fight militants in Afghanistan.
In an interview with Press TV earlier this year, an anti-war activist in Chicago said, the US military plans to remain in Afghanistan “indefinitely” and conduct military operations inside the country for “years to come”.
“The war [in Afghanistan] is not going to end in the imminent future,” said Rick Rozoff, a member of Stop NATO International.