In the south, three US service members, two US civilians and the doctor were killed when a suicide bomber detonated a car full of explosives just as a convoy with the international military coalition drove past another convoy of vehicles carrying the governor of Zabul province, another American civilian was killed in an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan
the US military said in a statement.
The attack coincided with the unannounced arrival of Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, who came to Afghanistan to assess what training Afghan forces will need after the combat role of the U.S.-led NATO force ends in 2014.
Zabul is among the most restive provinces along the Pakistan border, though it hasn’t seen as much fighting as its neighbor to the south, Kandahar. The province is home to several U.S. bases, including FOB Apache, which Americans from the 555th Engineer Brigade from Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Wash.
The incident came only two days after Taliban militants claimed that one US-led soldier had been killed and three others injured in a bomb attack in Helmand Province.
According to official figures released by the website icasualties.org, a total of 29 US-led troops have lost their lives in war-battered Afghanistan so far this year.
A total of 402 US soldiers lost their lives in Afghanistan in 2012. However, 2010 remains the deadliest year for US-led military casualties, with a death toll of 711.
The increasing number of military casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger in the United States and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the Afghan war.
The US-led war in Afghanistan removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across Afghanistan, despite the presence of thousands of US-led troops.
A Taliban spokesman told the AP that militants linked to the group were hoping to strike either a U.S. or an Afghan government convoy when they placed the bomb.
Spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi said.
“We were waiting for one of them, it was our good luck that both appeared at the same time.”
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At least 10 candidates have been killed in recent weeks, most of them from the Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc led by former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, a secular Shi'ite politician.
Muthanna al-Jorani, the Sunni candidate whose tent was targeted on Saturday, was not hurt in the attack.
A decade after U.S. and Western troops swept into Iraq to remove President Saddam Hussein, Iraq is still struggling with violence, sectarian tensions and political instability among its main Shi'ite, Sunni and ethnic Kurdish components.
Candidates in Iraq often put up tents during campaigning as a venue to meet potential voters and explain their policies.
"First a hand grenade targeted the tent next to the one I was in, pPeople were running in every direction and bits of chair were scattered all over the place, a few seconds later, an explosion took place in the same tent."
A 23-year-old wounded in the attack told Reuters by telephone from hospital.
Sunnis have staged street protests in Anbar and other provinces against Iraq's Shi'ite-led government, which they accuse of marginalizing their minority sect.
Security experts say.
Anbar, which borders Syria, was almost entirely controlled by al Qaeda at the peak of Iraq's insurgency and Sunni militants are again finding strongholds there, Iraq is home to a number of insurgent groups including the al Qaeda affiliate, Islamic State of Iraq, linked by the United States to the militant Nusra Front which is fighting in Syria.
Sectarian and ethnic tensions have risen since the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq in December 2011
A wave of deadly bombings and attacks in March prompted Iraqi officials to conclude that al-Qaeda's Iraqi branch, known as the Islamic State of Iraq, has been getting stronger, with rising lawlessness on the Syria-Iraq frontier and cross-border cooperation with the Syrian militant group Nusra Front has improved the militants' supply of weapons, foreign fighters and logistics.
Last year 560 people were killed in Diyala Province, of which Baquba is the capital --- the highest per capita rate of civilian deaths in the country.
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