The Taliban is claiming responsibility after a U.S. soldier was killed in Afghanistan in what is being described as an “insider attack.”
The soldier was part of a NATO-led task force, and two other soldiers were reportedly wounded. The attack occurred in southern Afghanistan, in the Uruzgan province.
The identity of the soldier has not been released.
One U.S. service member was killed and two others wounded in an apparent insider attack in southern Afghanistan, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said on Saturday.
In a statement, the Taliban said a member of the Afghan security forces opened fire on U.S. troops in the southern province of Uruzgan, killing four people and wounding several others.
Saturday’s incident comes just over a year after three U.S. soldiers were killed by an Afghan soldier in the eastern province of Nangarhar.
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Insider attacks, often known as “green on blue” attacks in which Afghan service members or attackers wearing Afghan uniforms fire on U.S. or coalition troops, have been a regular feature of the conflict in Afghanistan, although their frequency has diminished in recent years.
Coalition forces have also tightened security and added extra force protection measures including special “Guardian Angel” units to accompany training units.
Fox News reports in this clip on the American soldier killed in Afghanistan.
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