USA troops injured in attack by rogue Afghan soldier

Pauline Gross
June 19, 2017

A spokesman for the Afghan Army's 209th Corp had earlier said four American soldiers were shot and killed.

NATO-led Resolute Support said USA soldiers were wounded in the incident at Camp Shaheen in Mazar-e-Sharif at 2 p.m. A week earlier, a Taliban infiltrator killed three USA troops in eastern Afghanistan.

Taliban took responsibility of the incident and said that Afghan soldier who killed USA soldiers belonged to Taliban group.

Several US military personnel were wounded and evacuated in a violent "incident" Saturday at Camp Shaheen in northern Afghanistan, the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission said.

The attack occurred at Camp Shaheen, which serves as the headquarters for the Afghan Army's 209th Corps in Mazar-i-Sharif.

The Taliban in a statement did not say if they were directly behind the attack, only crediting a "patriotic Afghan soldier" for the assault.

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One of the explosions was so strong it shattered windows up to 2 kilometers from the attack site, said Abdullah Hsrat, spokesman for the provincial governor.

More than 135 Afghan soldiers, mostly young recruits, had been killed and dozens injured in the spectacular operation, claimed by the Taliban, who had forced the Minister of Defense to resign.

"We are aware of an incident", the office said in a statement. He added that two other insurgents were killed by police, but a fight with one remaining attacker is ongoing. The attackers were disguised in Afghan army uniforms. The Taliban claimed the commando had been an infiltrator, but Afghan officials said it appeared to have been the outcome of a personal dispute. One Afghan soldier was wounded.

The Pentagon is weighing the possibility of sending thousands more troops to the country to train Afghan forces to break what Lt. Gen. John Nicholson calls a stalemate there.

Officials at the northern base tell Jennifer Glasse, who reported from Kabul for our Newscast unit, that the shooter was killed. Trump has inherited America's longest conflict with no clear endpoint or a defined strategy for American success, though US troop levels are far lower than they were under Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush. A spokeswoman for the German forces at the joint missions command in Potsdam said: "According to what we know right now, no Germans were affected".

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