US soldier killed in ‘apparent insider attack’ in Afghanistan

US soldier killed in ‘apparent insider attack’ in Afghanistan

US soldier killed in ‘apparent insider attack’ in Afghanistan

One U.S. service member was killed and two others wounded Saturday in an apparent "insider attack" in southern Afghanistan, making it the first attack of its kind on U.S. personnel this year.

A US military service member was killed and two others were wounded Saturday in an apparent insider attack in southern Afghanistan.

The Resolute Support statement said the two wounded on Saturday were in a stable condition and the incident was being investigated.

The statement did not provide further details, saying that the name of the USA service member killed in action would be withheld until notification of next of kin.

Officials said the incident is now under investigation.

The apparent insider attack occurred in a local airport in Tirin Kowt city, capital of southern Afghanistan's Uruzgan province.

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On New Year's Day, a USA soldier was killed and four others wounded in combat operations in the eastern province of Nangarhar.

It was not immediately clear what became of the shooter.

Growing attacks from the Taliban and the Islamic State have brought massive suffering on Afghanistan's civilian population, of whom more than 28,000 have been killed and 50,000 wounded since United Nations started keeping track in 2009.

This is the third combat fatality in Afghanistan this year.

Maciel's task force was deployed in support of the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, a newly established unit that is focused on advising and bolstering local troops and is seen as critical to America's strategy in Afghanistan.

The last insider attack occurred in August 2017. "The Taliban have gained ground, USA airstrikes have spiked to put pressure on the group to negotiate, and civilian casualties have increased - partly due to those airstrikes but mostly because of Taliban attacks, and some ISIS attacks".

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