The Latest: Pentagon IDs 3 Marines killed in Afghanistan

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Based on a recent CNN tour the US Marines in Afghanistan seem oddly vulnerable. The Taliban still control much of the land and the West’s ideas for stabilizing the country are running out.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Pentagon has released the identities of three Marines killed in a roadside bombing of an American convoy in Afghanistan on Monday.

They are Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, 25, of Locust Valley, New York; Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, 31, of York, Pennsylvania; and Staff Sgt. Christopher K.A. Slutman, 43, of Newark, Delaware.

They were assigned to the 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division of the Marine Corps Reserve, based in Fort Devens, Massachusetts.

The U.S. and NATO Resolute Support mission says the bomb hit the convoy near Bagram Airfield, the main U.S. base in Afghanistan. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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