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Three US troops 'killed by Afghan soldier in insider attack'

Three US troops 'killed by Afghan soldier in insider attack'”

The incident in eastern Afghanistan occurred in the Achin District of Nangarhar province, where U.S. Special Operations forces are fighting alongside Afghan forces against fighters aligned with the Islamic State, as well as against Taliban insurgents.

According to Afghan official, two other US soldiers are wounded in the attack, which took place in the Achin district.

Two US soldiers killed and two others wounded in attack by Afghan soldier on Saturday.

October 19, 2016 A gunman wearing an Afghan army uniform killed one American soldier and a civilian and wounded three more Americans in an attack in Kabul.

The deaths come as the Trump administration is weighing whether to send more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, including a proposal to send U.S. Special Operations forces to train up to 17,000 new members of Afghan special forces.

The policemen were on patrol too close to a Taliban base ahead of the attack, Afghan officials told AFP.

Now there are around 8,4000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan and another 5,000 from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, who mainly serve in a training and advisory capacity.

US Forces Afghanistan is investigating the incident.

President Donald Trump was briefed on the "emerging situation" in Afghanistan, White House deputy communications director Raj Shah said earlier Saturday. During such assaults, members of the Afghan security forces are known to target USA and other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation soldiers.

Several Afghan security force members were killed during an overnight operation in Helmand province on Friday when a U.S. military aircraft opened fire during an overnight operation. An Afghan official said the deaths and injury stem from an attack by an Afghan soldier, who also died.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these American heroes", he said.

Over 90 dead bodies were recovered from the cave where U.S. military dropped an 11-ton bomb also known as Mother of All Bombs.

There were conflicting reports about the number of officers, members of the Afghan Border Police, killed in the air raid.

Afghanistan has recently experienced a surge in terrorist attacks and other violence, which caused heavy civilian casualties.

March 19, 2017: An Afghan soldier opened fire on U.S. troops as they were training Afghan troops on a base in Kandahar.

Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., the top US military commander in Afghanistan, wants 3,000 to 5,000 more troops to help train Afghanistan's military and police forces as they battle Taliban insurgents, Islamic State militants and other militias, USA officials say.



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