As U.S. intelligence agencies investigate whether a car bomb that killed 3 Marines in Afghanistan last year was detonated at the behest of a Russian military agency, family and friends of the Marines say it’s like experiencing their grief a second time 
The debate over Russian bounties has brought the deaths of Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman, 43, Sgt. Robert A. Hendriks, 25, and Staff Sgt. Benjamin Hines, 31, to the forefront of American consciousness after 18 years of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan. 
The 3 Marines, all reservists, were killed on patrol on April 8, 2019, just 2 weeks before they were scheduled to go home — and while the U.S. was negotiating a peace deal with the Taliban. 
The U.S. mission in Afghanistan has changed many times over, but Americans are still fighting, and they are still dying.The 3 Marines were among 22 Americans who died in 2019 in their country’s longest war. 
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