United States service member killed in apparent insider attack in Afghanistan

Pauline Gross
July 9, 2018

The NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan, Resolute Support, said Saturday that the incident was under investigation and that the two wounded U.S. service members are being treated and are in stable condition.

The wounded service members are in stable condition and are receiving treatment, according to the NATO Resolute Support, a NATO-led coalition that aids Afghan security forces.

The Pentagon has identified the soldier killed in an apparent insider attack Saturday in Afghanistan as Army Cpl. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Afghan officials could not immediately verify that information, according to the news agency. The death is the third American military fatality in Afghanistan this year. "And I will tell you honestly, we have had our Afghan partners come to us with intelligence that preempted potential attacks, and they have been proactively taking care of their own problems".

The apparent insider attack came just over a year after three US soldiers were killed in an attack by an Afghan soldier.

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Insider attacks have taken place every year since 2008 and the Afghan province of Helmand, a Taliban stronghold to the south and center of the country's opium-growing industry, has seen the most attacks. They did not indicate a specific location where the attack occurred.

Often referred to as "green-on-blue" attacks, insider attacks in which members of Afghan security forces - or assailants dressed in Afghan uniforms - fire on coalition troops have become less common in recent years.

In the April 30 incident, Army Spec. Gabriel D. Conde, 22, was shot by enemy fighters in a firefight in Kapisa province while providing security for U.S. Special Operations troops.

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