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United States soldiers killed in attack by Afghan soldier; Taliban claims responsibility

United States soldiers killed in attack by Afghan soldier; Taliban claims responsibility

Three US troops were wounded in March when an Afghan soldier opened fire in Helmand, in the first known insider attack on worldwide forces this year.

The Pentagon says three USA soldiers were killed and another was wounded Saturday in eastern Afghanistan.

The Afghan soldier was killed during the attack, said Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor in Nangarhar province. The shooting occurred in an Islamic State-infested district in eastern Afghanistan where the U.S.is actively engaged in operations against the nascent terrorist group.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said President Trump's national security team briefed him on the situation.

In March, three US soldiers were injured in Helmand Province after being fired upon by an Afghan soldier. "We will release more information when appropriate", Douglas High, the public affairs officer for Operation Resolute Support, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission in Afghanistan, said in an email statement to The Post. The official asked not to be identified because the information had not yet been officially released and the USA military was still investigating the episode.

Attacks on Afghan troops by USA forces in the past have also caused mistrust between the two.

"U.S. special forces have been working on the ground there with Afghan forces", Jennifer notes, "and in April, the United States dropped its [most powerful] non-nuclear bomb in the area to destroy tunnels being used by ISIS fighters - and killed dozens of them, according to locals in the area". One of those wounded later died of injuries sustained in the attack, a US official tells CBS News. But the Afghan Taliban claimed that one of its members had infiltrated Afghan forces, opened fire on USA troops and killed four in Nangarhar province, according to private SITE Intelligence Group. When heroes fall, Americans grieve.

The US forces in Afghanistan confirmed the latest "friendly fire" incident, Xinhua news agency reported.

Such insider attacks have happened before in Afghanistan.

A Taliban spokesman claimedthe shooter was an infiltrator for the militant group.

Airstrikes by American warplanes have greatly increased in recent months, as US President Donald Trump considers requests from military commanders for thousands more worldwide troops.

There are now 8,400 American troops in Afghanistan training, advising and assisting the Afghanistan army. US military officials estimate there are about 600 to 800 Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan, mostly in Nangarhar, but also in the neighbouring province of Kunar. -Afghan operation in the Achin District, eastern Afghanistan, along the Pakistan border.


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