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Sunday, 11 June 2017

Tragedy as three US troops 'killed by Afghan soldier in insider attack'

A US soldier holds the national flag in Lashkar Gah in the Afghan province of Helmand

Three US troops were killed when an Afghan soldier opened fire on them in eastern Afghanistan, according to officials.
The attack took place in the Achin district where US special forces have been fighting alongside Afghan troops against Islamic State and Taliban militants, said Attahullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor in Nangarhar province.

He said the Afghan soldier was killed in the incident on Saturday.
The Pentagon confirmed that three US troops had died in the attack and one soldier had been wounded.
It gave no further details of the incident but said it was under investigation.
One US official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the incident was a "green-on-blue" attack by a member of the Afghan security forces.
So-called "green-on-blue" insider attacks by Afghan soldiers on international service members were a major problem several years ago, but now happen less frequently after security measures were improved and the number of foreign troops in the country fell sharply.
The latest attack comes as US President Donald Trump's administration is considering sending more troops to Afghanistan.
The Afghan conflict is the longest in American history, with US-led NATO troops at war there since 2001, after the ousting of the Taliban regime.
Currently there are around 8,4000 US troops in Afghanistan and another 5,000 from NATO allies, who mainly serve in a training and advisory capacity.
Earlier this year, a top US intelligence official warned that the security situation in Afghanistan would further deteriorate even if there is a modest increase in US military support.

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