Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Afghan soldier wounds 7 American soldiers


The U.S. military on June 17 rejected earlier Afghan military reports that four U.S. soldiers had been killed when a rogue Afghan National Army soldier opened fire on his comrades.

Earlier this year in March a similar insider attack wounded three U.S. soldiers at an Afghan military complex in Helmand province.

Seven US military service members were wounded.

The incident took place in the restive Achin district of the eastern Nangarhar province, where the USA and the Afghan forces are engaged in an intensive operation against the Daesh militants.

On Saturday, Mujahid praised the camp Shaheen attack in a statement sent to the media, but did not claim Taliban responsibility.

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

Abdul Qahar Araam, spokesman for the 209th Army corps, confirmed that an insider attack took place at a camp in Mazar-e Sharif.

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North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said an investigation into the incident has been launched. -Afghan military operation in Nangarhar province last weekend.

The head of strategic communication and public affairs for the 209 Shahin Corps said that Afghanistan's Ministry of Defense is investigating the attack.

"US soldiers have been wounded".

The Pentagon is weighing the possibility of sending thousands more troops to the country to train Afghan forces to break what Lt. Gen. John Nicholson calls a stalemate there.

Defense Secretary James Mattis is set to decide in coming weeks on whether to grant the request of Army Gen. John Nicholson, the US commander in Afghanistan, to deploy betweeen 3,000 and 5,000 additional forces to the country.

"We are not winning in Afghanistan right now", Mattis told Congress on Tuesday, "and we will correct this as soon as possible".

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