United States service member killed in ‘insider attack’ in Afghanistan

Hannah Rogers
July 10, 2018

His awards include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal, and Afghanistan Campaign Medal, officials said, according to news website Military.com.

One U.S. service member was killed and two wounded Saturday in an apparent insider attack in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. -led military coalition.

The last insider attack occurred in August 2017.

No other information was available early on Monday, and a military spokesman did not immediately return telephone calls or emails from Reuters.

The NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan, Resolute Support, said Saturday that the incident was under investigation and that the two wounded USA service members are being treated and are in stable condition.

"A patriot Afghan soldier opened fire on Americans in Uruzgan airport killing and wounding at least four American invaders", the Taliban said. Task Force 1-28 Infantry is now deployed in support of the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade.

Alliance officials said the two wounded service members were in stable condition and receiving medical treatment.

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"Green on blue" attacks, where Afghan soldiers or those purporting to be Afghan soldiers attack troops from the US and its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners, have occurred regularly in the long-running way, as have "green on green" attacks of Afghan soldiers turning against their comrades.

The term "insider attack" refers to attacks carried out against US military personnel by the Afghan troops they are training or advising.

American casualties have fallen dramatically since the withdrawal of US -led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation combat troops at the end of 2014.

The war in Afghanistan has gone on for 17 years.

However, details of the attack's location were not revealed, reports The Washington Post.

Incidents like these have decreased in frequency in recent years as USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces have increased vetting of Afghan troops and taken precautionary measures, such as assigning protection forces known as "guardian angels" to advisory units. "The Taliban have gained ground, US airstrikes have spiked to put pressure on the group to negotiate, and civilian casualties have increased - partly due to those airstrikes but mostly because of Taliban attacks, and some ISIS attacks".

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