Saturday, June 10, 2017

Afghan Soldier Killed Two US Soldiers

UPDATE

Pentagon: 3 US soldiers killed, 1 wounded in Afghanistan



Two US troops killed by Afghanistan army soldier, Afghan officials say
The Guardian
Sune Engle Ramsmussen
June 10, 2017
Attack comes shortly after US airstrike killed two Afghan border police, according to Helmand governor, as Trump considers sending more troops
An Afghan soldier has killed two Americans in an apparent insider attack in the highly contested Nangarhar province, according to Afghan officials.

The attack happened less than a day after a US airstrike in Helmand killed at least two members of the Afghan border police in a joint US-Afghan operation, according to the Helmand governor.

The incidents occurred at a time of intensified violence in Afghanistan, and when the Trump administration is considering sending more US troops to Afghanistan.

In Nangarhar, the governor’s spokesman, Attahullah Khogyani, told the Associated Press that two US soldiers had been killed and two others wounded in the attack. He said the attacker was killed.

The insider attack took place in Achin, a district partly controlled by militants loyal to Islamic State. This is where, in April, the US army dropped its largest conventional weapon ever used on a complex of cave used by Isis fighters. Since the Moab strike, US and Afghan forces have been engaged in ground fighting, assisted by regular airstrikes, to clear the area.
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