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US service member killed, 2 wounded in 'insider attack' in Afghanistan

A U.S. service member was killed and two others were wounded in an “apparent insider attack” in southern Afghanistan US service member killed in 'insider attack' in Afghanistan
Charlie Simmons | 10 July, 2018, 08:25

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A United States service member has been killed and two others injured in what appears to be an insider attack in Afghanistan, NATO said. They did not indicate a specific location where the attack occurred.

An earlier statement from NATO Resolute Support Mission said the incident was under investigation and that the injured service members were in stable condition.

The Taliban said on Twitter that "a patriot Afghan soldier opened fire on Americans in Uruzgan airport killing and wounding at least four American invaders".

It was not immediately clear what became of the shooter.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said an investigation of the attack was underway. He is survived by his mother and father.

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Maciel's honors include the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon, the Columbus, Ga., newspaper site says.

Maciel was assigned to 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia.

"Our prayers are with his family and friends during this hard time", Conner said in the statement.

Pompeo left Afghanistan for the United Arab Emirates, where he will meet Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a staunch USA ally, amid his country's war in Yemen. As Pompeo's remarks indicated, the Taliban is an indigenous problem for Kabul to resolve with American support, all the more so if Pakistan truly gets serious about controlling its border region.

During his confirmation hearings, Secretary of State Pompeo viewed the USA role in Afghanistan as a "humble" mission with an "objective of leaving", but not before threats to American security from the region have been neutralized and the Afghan government is stabilized.

Pompeo said the Afghan people deserve peace and the government should do more to end the 17-year war despite the Taliban repeatedly rejecting calls for peace talks. A Pentagon report last month said there were 47 so-called "green-on-green" attacks, or incidents where Afghan soldiers turn on their own side, so far this year.

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