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US Soldiers Killed In 'Insider Attack'

The shooting occurred in Achin district, where us special forces have been fighting alongside Afghan troops against Islamic State and Taliban militants, Khogyani said, according to Reuters.

Three American soldiers were killed and another wounded in Afghanistan when an Afghan soldier turned his gun on them in a so-called "green on blue" attack.

The U.S. forces in Afghanistan have so far not commented.

The incident in Helmand, like the one in Nangarhar, involved US forces working in partnership with Afghan commandos, but there was no indication that the incidents were connected.

Hoping to flush ISIS from its stronghold, American and Afghan forces launched Operation Hamza in early March.

The statement claimed the infiltrator managed to kill four United States troops before he was killed by Afghan soldiers. S. soldiers were also wounded in the attack, which took place in the Achin district.

NPR's Amy Held notes that while the USA officially withdrew from Afghanistan in 2014, roughly 8,400 troops remain in the country - and the Trump administration has been considering requests to increase those troop levels.

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The three previous US soldiers' deaths in Achin make up the entirety of USA combat fatalities in Afghanistan in 2017.

The Pentagon said the families of the three dead soldiers were being informed.

The Pentagon apologized for the incident in a statement to BBC and said an investigation is underway.

This marked at least the second insider attack-known as a "green-on-blue" attack because of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation color-coding system-of the year.

"During an ANDSF [Afghan National Defense and Security Forces] and USA partnered operation, fires resulted in the deaths and injuries to members of the Afghan Border Police", it noted. The policemen were patrolling too close to a Taliban base when they came under attack, provincial spokesman Omar Zhwak told AFP.

The airstrike was part of an ongoing operation that was led by Afghan forces on the ground. The area has been cordoned off by USA troops.



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