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US Military identifies soldier killed in "insider attack" in Afghanistan

A soldier salutes the U.S. flag during the singing of the National Anthem on Sept. 11 2017 at Camp Arifjan Kuwait US Military identifies soldier killed in "insider attack" in Afghanistan
Gerardo Duncan | 10 July, 2018, 08:27

There were 47 "green-on-green" attacks, when Afghan security forces are attacked from within their own forces, from December 1, 2017 through May 31.

The Taliban have also released a statement, saying an Afghan soldier opened fire on United States soldiers in Uruzgan. "Our prayers are with his family and friends during this hard time".

The U.S. service members who were wounded are being treated and are in stable condition, according to a statement, which also said the incident in southern Afghanistan is being investigated.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal and Afghanistan Campaign Medal. There were no insider attacks on US service members during the same period, according to a Department of Defense (DoD) report released last month.

The Pentagon has identified the soldier killed in an apparent insider attack Sin Afghanistan as Army Cpl.

Around 16,000 troops from U.S., North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and other partner countries are in Afghanistan, training the Afghan forces within the framework of a NATO-led mission.

They happen when "Afghan service members or attackers wearing Afghan uniforms fire on US or coalition troops", Reuters notes, adding that such attacks "have been a regular feature of the conflict in Afghanistan, although their frequency has diminished in recent years".

American casualties have fallen dramatically since the withdrawal of US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation combat troops at the end of 2014.

Following a three-day ceasefire during last month's Eid holiday, the Taliban, fighting to restore their version of strict Islamic law, have so far rejected Ghani's offer of talks, demanding the withdrawal of worldwide troops from Afghanistan.

The war in Afghanistan has gone on for 17 years.

The last insider attack that resulted in a USA casualty occurred in June previous year.

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