Afghan soldier kills three USA personnel in latest 'green-on-blue' attack

Elias Hubbard
June 19, 2017

Three American soldiers were killed and one wounded on Saturday when an Afghan soldier opened fire on them in eastern Afghanistan, according to officials.

There's been another "Green on Blue" attack in Afghanistan as an Afghan soldier opened fire on a group of us servicemen, killing two and wounding two others. An estimated 400 to 700 ISIS-K militants are active throughout Nangarhar and Kunar provinces, officials said in late-April after three USA special forces soldiers died in separate incidents there.

A USA air strike killed two Afghan Border Police soldiers in Helmand province on 9 June's night. Helmand for years was the centrepiece of the United States and British military intervention in Afghanistan - only for it to slip deeper into a quagmire of instability.

Insider or so-called "green-on-blue" attacks have been an ongoing threat to USA military personnel in Afghanistan.

"Two were killed and three others wounded when the coalition air raid bombed an Afghan border police outpost", said Omar Zwak, the Helmand governor's spokesman said.

This is not the first such attack on United States troops deployed in Afghanistan.

In March, three USA soldiers were injured in Helmand Province after being fired upon by an Afghan soldier.

Airstrikes by U.S. warplanes have risen significantly over the last few months as President Donald Trump and other foreign leaders come under pressure to commit more troops.

The confirmation followed local media reports that said airstrikes conducted late Friday in the insurgent-held Nad Ali district of embattled Helmand province killed at least eight local forces and wounded many more.

A statement from the Department of Defense said the "incident is under investigation.

We will release more information when appropriate", a USA military spokesman said in a statement.

The Taliban took responsibility for the attack, claiming that the attacker was a Taliban fighter who had joined the Afghan army. "And our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these American heroes", said Pence.

A USA aircraft struck a checkpoint in the Helmand province during a joint operation. A Taliban spokesman claimedthe shooter was an infiltrator for the militant group.

USA casualties in Afghanistan have been decreasing lately, but Achin has emerged as a particularly deadly point for US troops this year.

The latest killings come at a time of intensified violence and when the U.S. is considering sending more troops to Afghanistan.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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