US soldier killed in Afghan 'insider attack' identified

US soldier killed in Afghan 'insider attack' identified

The Taliban proceeded to murder 17 Afghan police officers in a predawn attack, then announced its own three-day cease-fire, although it stressed that attacks on everyone it considered a "foreign invader" would continue. The statement and an Afghan official, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the situation, said the attack occurred in Uruzgan province. "The incident is under investigation", Resolute Support said in a statement.

The two wounded U.S. service members were not identified but were in "stable" condition on Saturday and are being treated, it added.

It was not immediately clear what became of the shooter.

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A USA soldier killed in Afghanistan was identified late on Sunday as Cpl. In that incident, a Romanian soldier was injured.

The force of 16,000 troops includes service members from 39 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations and allies.

The incident happened at an Afghan army base in Uruzgan Province in southern Afghanistan, according to a U.S. official.

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The U.S. military believes its operations in the Achin district, site of the "Mother of All Bombs" drop on ISIS caves in 2017, has severely damaged the Islamic State's logistics in Afghanistan and thwarted its planned assaults on Kabul and Jalalabad. The U.S. invaded Afghanistan following the September 11 terror attacks by al-Qaida, which the Taliban government at the time had harbored.

US Army Col. Scott Jackson, the Security Force Assistance Brigade's commander in Afghanistan, told reporters last month that insider attacks were a threat but that US forces were taking necessary precautions.

The latest incident comes as Lieutenant General Scott Miller is set to become the next commander of USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Afghanistan.

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