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Afghan soldier kills 2 US soldiers

Afghan soldier kills 2 US soldiers”

The U.S. military confirmed Saturday that overnight joint counter-Taliban operations in southern Afghanistan have killed and wounded Afghan security forces, but gave no casualty toll.

An Afghan official said that two American servicemen have been killed after coming under fire in a "green-on-blue" attack in eastern Afghanistan, AP reports. S. soldiers were also wounded in the attack, which took place in the Achin district.

A spokesman for US forces in Afghanistan tells CBS News they are "aware of an incident" involving USA troops in the eastern part of the country.

Currently, there are about 8,400 USA troops and another 5,000 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Afghanistan to train and assist Afghan forces against the Taliban and conduct counter-terrorism missions. A news release from the US military on Saturday confirmed that an incident had happened in the area overnight in which "personnel from the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces were killed and wounded".

The motivations for such attacks are sometimes unclear, with some resulting from personal conflicts while others may be due to the Taliban's infiltrating the Afghan military.

U.S. and Afghan troops have been battling militants in the Nangarhar province for months.

Such insider attacks have happened before in Afghanistan. "We would like to express our deepest condolences", they said in a statement.

Since 2008, there have been more than 90 insider attacks in Afghanistan, with at least 150 foreign soldiers killed and 187 wounded, according to the Long War Journal blog. "We will release more information when appropriate", Douglas High, the public affairs officer for Operation Resolute Support, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission in Afghanistan, said in a statement. "The president and I have been briefed; the details of this attack will be forthcoming". In Milwaukee, Pence commented on the shooting: "When heroes fall, Americans grieve".

The attack comes soon after a case of friendly fire against Afghan forces. More than 30 other militants were also killed. The U.S.is partnered with the Afghan National Security Forces in the fight against ISIS and the Taliban insurgent movement in the rest of the country.

"An investigation is underway to determine circumstances that led to the "unfortunate" incident", said the American military's public affairs office in Kabul.



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