U.S. soldier killed in Afghan ‘insider attack’

10 July, 2018, 08:27 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • US service member killed in 'insider attack' in Afghanistan

There are about 14,000 US military personnel in Afghanistan, majority serving as trainers and advisers with the Afghan military in their fight against the Taliban and ISIS.

A US service member was shot dead and two USA service members wounded after an Afghan soldier turned his weapon against coalition forces in Afghanistan late Saturday, the coalition forces said Sunday.

Cpl. Joseph Maciel of South Gate, California, died July 7, 2018, in Tarin Kowt District, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan from wounds sustained during an apparent insider attack.

He urged both groups to come to the negotiating table, adding, the US would be willing to help facilitate the discussions.

The identity of the service member who was killed will not be released until 24 hours after the next of kin has been notified, which is the policy of the U.S. Defense Department, NATO said in a statement.

The death on Saturday is the third of an American service member in Afghanistan this year, adding to more than 2,200 USA troops killed and 20,000 wounded there since the invasion in 2001.

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The incident is being investigated. The two wounded Americans were in stable condition, the statement added.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had extended a recent holiday cease-fire in hopes of encouraging the militants to come to the bargaining table, but the Taliban rejected the offer and resumed attacks.

During a press conference with Pompeo and Gani, Pompeo said the Trump administration's strategy of sending more US troops into Afghanistan to push the Taliban toward negotiations is "indeed working".

As well as the battle against the Taliban and Islamic State fighters operating from Afghanistan, Pompeo discussed plans for October elections in the country and presidential elections due early next year, amid tensions between powerful regional leaders and Ghani. They did not indicate a specific location where the attack occurred.

The last insider attack that resulted in a U.S. casualty occurred in June past year.

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