US Service Member Killed In Apparent Insider Attack

Clay Curtis
July 8, 2018

Two more troops were wounded in the apparent attack July 7 according to an announcement from Resolute Support public affairs.

A USA service member has been killed and two others were wounded in an "apparent insider attack" in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, according to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. It added thatthe name of the deceased service member was being withheld until next of kin is notified.

U.S. Lieutenant Colonel Martin O'Donnell, a spokesman for the NATO-led mission, declined to disclose the location of the incident or other details when reached by RFE/RL.

To date, 49 USA troops have died in Afghanistan since January 1 2015, when operations in the country formally transitioned from combat operations to a mission of support and advisory assistance to the Afghan National Security Forces, who continue to fend off Taliban insurgents on the ground.

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The incident happened at an Afghan army base in Uruzgan Province in southern Afghanistan, according to a U.S. official.

Since U.S. involvement in Afghanistan began in October 2001, 1,876 U.S. military personnel have been killed in action and 20,385 have been wounded in action, as of May 31.

However, the statement said it was "an apparent insider attack".

Around 14,000 US troops are now stationed in Afghanistan as part of the NATO-led mission, while also carrying out counterterrorism operations targeting Islamic State (IS) militants and Al-Qaeda.

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