Friday, 22 February, 2019

USA service member killed in apparent insider attack in Afghanistan

U.S. service members are shown at sunrise in Afghanistan in 2013 U.S. service members are shown at sunrise in Afghanistan in 2013
Melinda Barton | 08 July, 2018, 17:49

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

The attack took place in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, a statement from the Nato-led Resolute Support mission said.

This is the third combat fatality in Afghanistan this year.

But AFP and The Washington Post cited unidentified Afghan officials as saying it happened in Uruzgan Province.

The last insider attack that resulted in a USA casualty occurred in June 2017, according to NATO Resolute Support officials.

The statement did not provide further details, saying that the name of the US service member killed in action would be withheld until notification of next of kin. The statement said that the attacker killed four people and injured several others. Additional information was not immediately available and the incident was under investigation.

Insider attacks by Afghan security forces on coalition troops working alongside them were common in Afghanistan several years ago, when the Pentagon had more than 100,000 US troops in Afghanistan.

There are about 14,000 USA military personnel in Afghanistan, majority serving as trainers and advisers with the Afghan military in their fight against the Taliban and ISIS.