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Afghan soldier wounds 7 American soldiers

Four US soldiers killed in apparent insider attack in Afghanistan Four US soldiers killed in apparent insider attack in Afghanistan - official
Wilma Wheeler | 18 June, 2017, 01:27

NATO-led Resolute Support said USA soldiers were wounded in the incident at Camp Shaheen in Mazar-e-Sharif at 2 p.m.

One Afghan solider has been killed and several USA service personnel wounded in an unclear incident at the Camp Shaheen base in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e Sharif.

The convoy returned fire in self-defense, and there were no U.S. casualties, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said in a statement.

Afghan forces patrol in Pachir Agham district near Tora Bora, in Nangarhar province, on June 16, 2017. The attackers were disguised in Afghan army uniforms.

The US has confirmed that several American service members have been injured in Afghanistan. It comes exactly one week after an Afghan soldier allegedly opened fire on USA troops, killing three and wounding one.

The Afghan military statement said that the rogue soldier had also been killed. US soldiers have been wounded.

In April, scores of Afghan soldiers were killed when militants breached security at Camp Shaheen, detonating explosives and shooting hundreds at a mosque and dining hall on the base.

US soldiers were shot and wounded in a potential insider attack a base in northern Afghanistan, officials said. There were no USA fatalities.

The Taliban in a statement did not say if they were directly behind the attack, only crediting a "patriotic Afghan soldier" for the assault.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said this week that he will present a new United States military strategy for Afghanistan, along with adjusted troop numbers, in the coming weeks to President Donald Trump.

After more than 15 years of war the Taliban control broad swathes of the country and the struggling Afghan security forces continue to take an nearly unsustainable amount of causalities as they battle to hold provincial capitals.

The U.S. now has roughly 8,400 troops in Afghanistan (excluding those in country on a temporary basis), while North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and coalition allies have a total of about 5,000 forces.

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