KABUL – A US soldier was killed and two others wounded in an “obvious insider assault” in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, NATO mentioned, the primary such killing in practically a yr.
The so-called “green-on-blue” assault is the newest in a collection of incidents through which Afghan forces have turned their weapons on worldwide troops with whom they’re working.
“The wounded service members, who’re in steady situation, are at the moment being handled,” NATO’s Resolute Assist mission in Afghanistan mentioned in a press release.
“The incident is beneath investigation.”
NATO didn’t launch the id of the American soldier killed or present additional particulars about the place the incident happened.
An area police officer advised AFP that the capturing occurred on the airport in Tarinkot, the capital of Uruzgan province.
On Twitter, the Taliban additionally gave Uruzgan as the situation.
“A patriot Afghan soldier opened fireplace on People in Uruzgan airport killing and wounding not less than 4 American invaders,” the militant group mentioned.
At the moment, there are about 14,000 US troops in Afghanistan, offering the primary part of the NATO mission there to assist and prepare native forces.
Among the US forces are concerned in counterterrorism operations, significantly in opposition to the Islamic State group.
American casualties have fallen dramatically for the reason that withdrawal of US-led NATO fight troops on the finish of 2014. NATO advised AFP that Saturday’s killing was the third US soldier dying this yr.
On New Yr’s Day, a US soldier was killed and 4 others wounded in fight operations within the japanese province of Nangarhar.
Western officers say most insider assaults stem from private grudges and cultural misunderstandings somewhat than rebel plots.
The final “green-on-blue” assault occurred in August 2017 when a Romanian NATO soldier was killed.
The newest incident comes as Lieutenant Basic Scott Miller is ready to turn into the subsequent commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan.
He’ll take over from Basic John Nicholson, who’s rotating out of his publish after a two-year deployment.
Miller’s deployment to Afghanistan, which might see him promoted to four-star normal, comes at a time when native safety forces are nonetheless struggling to comprise a resurgent Taliban.
IS can be sustaining its japanese and northern footholds regardless of an intensified aerial bombing marketing campaign by Afghan and US forces.
Afghan civilians more and more discovered themselves within the crosshairs throughout an unusually intense interval of preventing final winter.
A US Defence Division report launched earlier this month discovered civilian casualties had elevated 73 % between December and Might in comparison with the identical interval the yr earlier than.
The doc additionally discovered a 14-percent improve within the variety of Afghan military personnel killed or wounded whereas on native patrols and through checkpoint operations.