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Afghan kills two US soldiers in 'insider attack'

25 June 2017

So-called "green-on-blue" attacks-when Afghan soldiers or police turn their guns on worldwide troops-have been a major problem during the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) long years fighting alongside Afghan forces.

Currently, there are about 8,400 US troops and another 5,000 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Afghanistan to train and assist Afghan forces against the Taliban and conduct counter-terrorism missions.

The Achin district has been the scene of heavy clashes between security forces and militants of the Islamic State (IS) group over the past two years. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says in a statement that a Taliban loyalist had infiltrated the Afghan army "just to attack foreign forces". They include about 8.4 thousand American soldiers and officers who train Afghan units and act as military advisers.

The commando was also killed in the incident, Khogyani said.

A White House spokesperson traveling with Donald Trump in New Jeresey said the United States president was aware of and following the situation.

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The Taliban has extended its control and influence to swathes of Afghanistan and intensified battlefield attacks across the country since launching its so-called yearly spring offensive in late April, killing scores of Afghan security forces. The President and I have been briefed, the details of this attack are forthcoming. "Our hopes and prayers are with their families".

The US Forces in Afghanistan said that an investigation is being conducted to determine specific circumstances that led to this incident.

An Afghan soldier opened fire on his USA counterparts on Saturday, killing three Americans and wounding at least one other.

"The Afghan army soldier was killed in return fire", said Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the Nangarhar province's governor.

Afghan Border Police personnel walk through an outpost damaged in an airstrike in the Nad Ali district of Helmand province on June 10, 2017. Three U.S. soldiers had died there this year before Saturday's shooting.

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Afghanistan has recently experienced a surge in terrorist attacks and other violence, which caused heavy civilian casualties.

American troops have partnered with Afghan soldiers in raids against ISIS Khorasan, claiming the local offshoot of the militants group based in Iraq and Syria is steadily losing ground in Afghanistan.

The number of U.S. soldiers in the country has also fallen - a high of about 100,000 in 2010 to 8,000 today.

The attack comes soon after a case of friendly fire against Afghan forces.

October 19, 2016 A gunman wearing an Afghan army uniform killed one American soldier and a civilian and wounded three more Americans in an attack in Kabul. ISIS is believed to be behind a series of terror attacks, including the recent deadly attack on a hospital in Kabul.

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Afghan kills two US soldiers in 'insider attack'