USA service member killed in 'insider attack' in Afghanistan

USA service member killed in 'insider attack' in Afghanistan

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said an investigation of the attack was underway. USA military officials at the top US military headquarters in Kabul could not immediately be reached for additional comment.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal and Afghanistan Campaign Medal.

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.

The two wounded United States service members were not identified but were in "stable" condition on Saturday and are being treated, it added. "Our prayers are with his family and friends during this hard time".

The Taliban said in a statement that "conscientious" Afghan soldiers had shot foreign soldiers in the south-central Uruzgan province, according to the SITE Intelligence Group monitor.

First two Thai youth soccer players rescued from cave
The boys and their coach had been stranded in Tham Luang Nang Non when they went exploring in the cave after a scrimmage June 23. Mirza is the national coordinator of the National Cave Rescue Mission . 'Today is the best day for them to come out, ' he said.

The term "insider attack" refers to attacks carried out against US military personnel by the Afghan troops they are training or advising.

Insider attacks are commonly referred to as "green on blue" attacks.

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

Currently, there are about 14,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, providing the main component of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission there to support and train local forces. But as NPR's David Welna reported last week, a "public information blackout" by the Trump administration has meant that, "since late past year, the Pentagon's stopped posting those numbers for Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan". A U.S. Defense Department report released earlier this month found civilian casualties had increased 73 percent between December and May compared to the same period the year before.

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