U.S. service member killed, 2 wounded in 'apparent insider attack' in Afghanistan

10 July, 2018, 00:52 | Author: Carlos George
  • A soldier salutes the U.S. flag during the singing of the National Anthem on Sept. 11 2017 at Camp Arifjan Kuwait

A service member has died in southern Afghanistan in what appears to be a green-on-blue attack, military officials announced Saturday.

The DoD report also said that NATO Resolute Support advisers are working to require better national screening for Afghan security forces personnel. It added that the name of the deceased service member was being withheld until next of kin is notified. USA military officials at the top US military headquarters in Kabul could not immediately be reached for additional comment.

In the meantime, Afghan officials have told AFP that the incident has taken place in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan.

The so-called "green-on-blue" attack is the latest in a series of incidents in which Afghan forces have turned their weapons on global troops with whom they are working.

The Taliban released a statement on Twitter saying an Afghan soldier fired on USA troops in the province of Uruzgan, AFP reported. A "conscientious" Afghan soldier, Ahmadi said, turned his gun on "American invaders" and killed four of them.

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The ambush occurred in southern Afghanistan on Saturday night, USA military officials said in a statement.

Maciel, an infantryman assigned to Fort Benning, Georgia, had been in the Army for two years and in Afghanistan since February, the 3rd Infantry Division said in a statement.

The Taliban have been battling USA -led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in an attempt to restore their version of strict Islamic law in the country after being toppled by a US -led campaign in 2001.

Maciel's task force was deployed in support of the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, a newly established unit that is focused on advising and bolstering local troops and is seen as critical to America's strategy in Afghanistan.

As in other areas of the war, Afghan units suffer more heavily than coalition units from insider attacks.

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