Afghan commando opens fire on U.S. troops, kills 3, wounds 1
- Author: Megan Austin Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 10:57
A spokesman for the provincial governor in Nangarhar province, Attahullah Khogyani, says the attack took place in the Achin district.
March 19, 2017: An Afghan soldier opened fire on U.S. troops as they were training Afghan troops on a base in Kandahar.
Meanwhile, U.S forces in Afghanistan have released a statement and confirmed the death of Afghan border soldiers during overnight operations in Helmand. One US soldier was wounded and has been evacuated for medical treatment. The Afghan special forces units have quickly become the most reliable force in the more than 15-year-old war, American officials believe.
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The so-called "friendly fire" incident occurred overnight, during a raid in Afghanistan's restive Helmand province, the United States military command in Kabul said in a statement. Afghan officials initially said two servicemembers had been killed, but US officials later said a third had died.
Taliban claims responsibility for latest "green-on-blue attack" during joint operation in Achin district of Nangarhar. The area has been cordoned off by US troops.
The Pentagon said the families of the three dead soldiers were being informed. They initially claimed that the plane was under attack and had to respond, but now are saying that the Afghan police were "patrolling too close to a Taliban base".
Approximately 8,000 US troops are deployed to Afghanistan as part of two separate operations.
Hundreds of US Marines recently arrived in Helmand to take over an advising mission as part of a NATO-led coalition training and assisting local forces. "The American invaders were there to support their Afghan slaves".