USA servicemember killed in apparent insider attack in Afghanistan

USA servicemember killed in apparent insider attack in Afghanistan

One U.S. service member was killed and two others wounded in an "apparent insider attack" in southern Afghanistan, the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan said.

On Saturday, NATO's Resolute Support mission said the two USA service members wounded in "an apparent insider attack" are in stable condition.

The DoD report also said that NATO Resolute Support advisers are working to require better national screening for Afghan security forces personnel.

The incident is being investigated.

In the meantime, Afghan officials have told AFP that the incident has taken place in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan.

On New Year's Day, a US soldier was killed and four others wounded in combat operations in the eastern province of Nangarhar.

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It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack, or whether they had been apprehended.

The Taliban said in a statement that "conscientious" Afghan soldiers had shot foreign soldiers in the south-central Uruzgan province, according to the SITE Intelligence Group monitor.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation told AFP that Saturday's killing was the third USA soldier death this year.

The ambush occurred in southern Afghanistan on Saturday night, United States military officials said in a statement. But as NPR's David Welna reported last week, a "public information blackout" by the Trump administration has meant that, "since late past year, the Pentagon's stopped posting those numbers for Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan".

Around 14,000 USA troops are now stationed in Afghanistan as part of the NATO-led mission, while also carrying out counterterrorism operations targeting Islamic State (IS) militants and Al-Qaeda.

The last "green-on-blue" attack occurred in August 2017 when a Romanian NATO soldier was killed. An investigation into the attack is underway.

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