Insider attack kills USA service member in Afghanistan


One U.S. service member was killed and two were wounded Saturday in an apparent insider attack in Afghanistan, said the U.S. -led military coalition.

The Pentagon has identified the soldier killed in an apparent insider attack Saturday in Afghanistan as Army Cpl. Release of the name of the service member killed in action is being withheld until 24 hours after next of kin notification is complete, the release said.

The incident marks the first combat fatality for the USA military in Afghanistan since April 30, and the third there this year.

O'Donnell told RFE/RL that the last insider attack in Afghanistan occurred in August 2017, leaving a Romanian soldier injured.

The term "insider attack" refers to attacks carried out against USA military personnel by the Afghan troops they are training or advising.

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Last year, the United States added thousands of additional troops to its forces in Afghanistan, which are engaged in both training and advising Afghan forces and conducting counterterrorist missions against Islamic State and other militant groups.

An insider attack would indicate one carried out by a member of the Afghan security forces.

The Taliban said in a statement that a member of the Afghan security forces opened fire on us troops in Uruzgan Province.

The Taliban released a statement praising an Afghan soldier for carrying out the attack, without taking credit for it themselves. The last insider attack that resulted in a USA casualty occurred two months earlier, in June of a year ago.