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U.S. service member killed in 'insider attack' in Afghanistan

09 July 2018, 11:52 | Darnell Patrick

U.S. service member killed in 'insider attack' in Afghanistan

A soldier salutes the U.S. flag during the singing of the National Anthem on Sept. 11 2017 at Camp Arifjan Kuwait

A service member has died in southern Afghanistan in what appears to be a green-on-blue attack, military officials announced Saturday.

NATO's training and assistance mission in Afghanistan, Resolute Support, said in a statementthat the two US service members injured in the July 7 incident were in stable condition and that an investigation was under way.

Details of the incident, which is under investigation, were not immediately released.

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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. They did not indicate a specific location where the attack occurred. That statement and an Afghan official, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the situation's sensitivity, said the attack occurred in Uruzgan province. It added thatthe name of the deceased service member was being withheld until next of kin is notified. "And I will tell you honestly, we have had our Afghan partners come to us with intelligence that preempted potential attacks, and they have been proactively taking care of their own problems".

This is the third combat fatality in Afghanistan this year.

Army Specialist Gabriel Conde, 22, was killed by Taliban gunfire in a province east of the Afghan capital of Kabul on April 30.



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