US Service Member Killed in Apparent Insider Attack, Two Wounded

10 July, 2018, 08:26 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • A U.S. service member was killed and two others were wounded in an “apparent insider attack” in southern Afghanistan

The Taliban did not claim responsibility for the attack, but acknowledged it in a message on its official Telegram channel. He died Saturday "from wounds sustained during an apparent insider attack" in Tarin Kowt District, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.

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

A US service member has been killed and two others were wounded in an "apparent insider attack" in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, according to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

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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 Pentagon has identified the soldier killed in an apparent insider attack Saturday in Afghanistan as Army Cpl. In that incident, a Romanian NATO soldier was injured.

A local police officer said a shooting took place at the airport in Tarinkot, the capital of Afghanistan's Uruzgan province, the AFP reported.

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Pompeo said US strategy for Afghanistan "is indeed working", but the next steps must be taken by the Afghan government.

During a press conference with Pompeo and Gani, Pompeo said the Trump administration's strategy of sending more USA troops into Afghanistan to push the Taliban toward negotiations is "indeed working". Some of the USA forces are involved in counterterrorism operations, particularly against the Islamic State jihadist group.

The attack comes a year after an Afghan soldier killed three USA service members during what was a joint operation.

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Last year, the United States added thousands of additional troops to its forces in Afghanistan, which are engaged in both training and advising Afghan forces and conducting counterterrorist missions against Islamic State and other militant groups. Afghan commandos carried out the operation with support from USA special forces and air power.

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