Afghan commando kills 3 U.S. soldiers in "green-on-blue" attack

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11 June, 2017

In addition to the three deaths, one other American soldier was injured when an Afghan solider open fired on them in the Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan.

The officers, members of the Afghan Border Police, were killed when a United States aircraft "returned fire" during the operation, which included Afghan and American special forces, a military spokesman said.

"We would like to express our deepest condolences to the families of the [Afghan Border Police] members affected by this unfortunate incident", a USA military spokesman said in a statement, according to the news service.

"Today around noon an Afghan commando opened fire on USA troops in Achin district, killing two American soldiers", provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said.

U.S. soldiers patrol near the site of a USA bombing during an operation against Islamic State (IS) militants in the Achin district of Afghanistan's Nangarhar province on April 15, 2017. The President and I have been briefed, the details of this attack are forthcoming.

"When heroes fall, Americans grieve", Pence said.

The Taliban, in a statement, took credit for the attack, according to the SITE Intel Group.

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The Taliban has claimed responsibility, saying a Taliban loyalist infiltrated Afghan forces "just to attack foreign forces". "We will release more information when appropriate". "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these American heroes".

Afghan border police were on a patrol in the volatile district of Nad Ali when they came under fire during a military operation around midnight on Friday.

The incident occurred as us and Afghan forces returned from a joint operation, the Afghan source said.

The media reports that the incident occurred as U.S. and Afghan forces returned from a joint operation, the Afghan source said.

In April, the United States military dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat on a complex of caves in Achin used by IS fighters.

Attacks on Afghan troops by U.S. forces in the past have also caused mistrust between the two. Helmand for years was the centrepiece of the USA and British military intervention in Afghanistan - only for it to slip deeper into a quagmire of instability.

The incident in Helmand, like the one in Nangarhar, involved USA forces working in partnership with Afghan commandos, but there was no indication that the incidents were connected.


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