'Green-On-Blue' Attacks Hit US Troops In Afghanistan

Frederick Owens
June 27, 2017

The Resolute Support mission announced on its Twitter feed that "U.S. soldiers have been wounded" but said there were no US fatalities.

Several US military personnel were wounded and evacuated in a violent "incident" Saturday at Camp Shaheen in northern Afghanistan, the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission said. He said one of the attackers detonated his suicide vest inside the compound, two others were shot dead by police and one was still fighting.

A spokesman for the United States military command in Kabul denied earlier comments by an Afghan official that Americans had been killed, but confirmed that an unspecified number of soldiers had been wounded.

So-called green-on-blue, or insider, attacks have been a recurring problem for the US -led coalition, most recently on June 10 in the Achin District of eastern Nangarhar province, where USA ground forces are helping Afghan special forces fight Islamic State extremists.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on a mosque in Kabul on Thursday.

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Another attack on June 17 left seven US troops wounded.

Six Afghan police and six militants were killed after Taliban attacked a police headquarters in Gardez city, capital of eastern province of Paktia on Sunday, the provincial police chief said.

"One (attacker) blew up his vehicle at the entrance of the headquarters, opening the way for two others who opened fire on the security forces".

However, the Taliban have claimed credit for the shooting. It is not always clear if the attackers are rogue members of the Afghan forces or are infiltrators wearing Afghan Army uniforms. -Afghan military operation in Nangarhar province last weekend. No US troops were killed.

Dana White, a spokesperson for the Pentagon, told NBC News that Defense Secretary James Mattis will present a revised military strategy to President Trump "in the coming weeks".

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