Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

US 'launches' Afghan airstrike after apparent insider attack

US 'launches' Afghan airstrike after apparent insider attack

The U.S. military says a U.S. and Afghan team was lured to a meeting by insurgents posing as friendly militia members in eastern Afghanistan, triggering a shootout and a coalition airstrike on the compound.

The incident occurred in Mohmand Valley, in Afghanistan's remote Achin district of Nangarhar province.

At the end of the meeting "multiple members of the insurgent group" started shooting, killing the militia leader and wounding the USA soldier and interpreter.

When the meeting ended, Gresback said the Taliban-linked insurgents opened fire, killing the militia leader and wounding the American service member and the interpreter.

The incident was the lastest in a series of insider attacks against US forces, including an attack in Achin district in June in which an Afghan commando opened fire, killing three USA personnel and wounding another.

So-called "green-on-blue" attacks in which Afghan forces turn on their comrades or their Western counterparts have been a major problem during NATO's long years in Afghanistan.

Qari Yousaf Ahmadi, Taliban's spokesman, tweeted five soldiers had been killed and two others wounded in an attack in the Torabi Hotal area of Greshk.

Several militants including key members and commanders of the anti-government armed militants were killed in similar operations in this province earlier this month.

While Afghan security forces are conducting most of the fighting against IS and Taliban militants, USA troops operate alongside them in a training capacity and are frequently on the front lines.

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