United States service member killed, 2 wounded in 'apparent insider attack' in Afghanistan

Leroy Wright
July 8, 2018

One US service member was killed and two other US service members were wounded during an apparent insider attack in southern Afghanistan on Saturday.

The wounded United States service members are in "stable" condition and are being treated, the statement said, adding that the incident is being investigated.

The term "insider attack" refers to attacks carried out against USA military personnel by the Afghan troops they are training or advising.

A statement issued by the Resolute Support Mission on Saturday said two other USA service members were wounded but in a stable condition. The DoD report also said that NATO Resolute Support advisers are working to require better national screening for Afghan security forces personnel.

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Last year, the United States added thousands of additional troops to its forces in Afghanistan, which are engaged in both training and advising Afghan forces and conducting counterterrorist missions against Islamic State and other militant groups.

Details of the incident, which is under investigation, were not immediately released.

The ambush occurred in southern Afghanistan, U.S. military officials said in a statement without being more specific. In that incident, a Romanian NATO soldier was injured. They became more rare as the number of US troops shrunk afterward, and as the military coalition added security precautions. In the six months prior to June, there were two US military deaths due to hostile actions and 22 USA military personnel wounded, according the DoD report.

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