Published: Sun, June 11, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

U.S. soldiers killed in action in Afghanistan

One US official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the incident was a "green-on-blue" attack by a member of the Afghan security forces.

Two U.S. soldiers were killed Saturday in eastern Afghanistan after a rogue Afghan army commando turned his weapon on them, an Afghan official told the Associated Press.

"The Afghan army soldier was killed in return fire", said Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the Nangarhar province's governor.

"The infiltrator was killed by other Afghan soldiers on the ground", read a statement from the Taliban.

In March, three USA soldiers were injured in Helmand Province after being fired upon by an Afghan soldier. The statement provided no further details of the incident but said it was under investigation.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani surprised everyone at a peace conference on Tuesday when he said that up to 11,000 foreign fighters have penetrated Afghanistan, a number far higher than previous estimates by the USA military and his own government.

"The attacker is also dead", Khugyani said.

The so-called "green-on-blue" attacks, i.e. when Afghan soldiers or police turn their guns on worldwide troops, have proved to be a major problem for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation soldier fighting alongside Afghan forces.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

While in Milwaukee, Vice President Mike Pence said: "On my way here, I was informed that United States service members were killed and wounded in an attack in Afghanistan". The shooter was killed by other soldiers. "We will release more information when appropriate", it added.

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. When heroes fall, Americans grieve. Around 2,000 of them are involved in counterterrorism operations. The three other USA soldiers killed in Achin earlier this year "make up the entirety of US combat fatalities in Afghanistan in 2017", according to the Washington Post.

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