Insider attack on Afghan Base; seven US soldiers injured and evacuated; Taliban praises
This is the second insider attack in June and they are exactly one week apartA U.S. Army noncommissioned officer prepares to lower the American flag during a transfer-of-authority ceremony at Observation Post Mace, as U.S. and Afghan National Army troops look on Kunar province, Afghanistan, Dec. 21, 2010. The soldiers are assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. OP Mace is the northernmost observation post in Afghanistan’s Kunar province, which borders Pakistan. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Peter Shinn
In the second insider attack, or “green on blue” attack in June by an Afghan soldier against coalition forces, seven U.S. Army soldiers were injured and the shooter, an Afghan soldier, was killed.
This insider attack comes exactly one week after three U.S. Army soldiers were killed by the same type of attack.
U.S. Army Resolute Support Mission put out the following statement:
“Seven U.S. service members were wounded in an insider attack today at Camp Shaheen, Mazar-e Sharif. The wounded service members have been evacuated and are currently receiving treatment.
We are aware of an incident that occurred at Camp Shaheen in Mazar-e Sharif at approximately 2 p.m local time.
At this time we can confirm there are no U.S. or NATO Resolute Support fatalities. U.S soldiers have been wounded. One Afghan soldier was killed and one was wounded in the incident.
The incident is currently under investigation.”
Initial reports of four U.S. soldiers being killed were incorrect.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid praised the attack but did not directly take responsibility. Some say the spokesperson said the Afghan soldier was “loyal” to the Taliban.
This comes just a week after four U.S. Army soldiers were killed in an insider attack in Achin, Afghanistan.
Earlier this June, three U.S. Army soldiers were killed by an insider attack in Achin, Afghanistan.
In that attack, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement that a Taliban loyalist had infiltrated the Afghan army “just to attack foreign forces.”
The U.S. currently has roughly 8,400 troops in Afghanistan and recently President Donald Trump said troop levels in Afghanistan will be decided by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.
A White House aide recently said that the U.S. will be sending 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan.