Three US troops were killed and another wounded during a joint operation in
Web Monitoring Desk
Three US troops were killed and another wounded during a joint operation in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province Saturday, the Pentagon confirmed, in the latest so-called insider attack on international forces.
The so-called “green-on-blue” attack on Saturday is the latest in a line of incidents where Afghan soldiers have turned their weapons on international forces they are working with.
It also comes as the Taliban ramp up their campaign against the Western-backed government in Afghanistan, and as US President Donald Trump mulls sending more troops into the lengthy conflict.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the deaths in the volatile district of Achin, which is also contested by Islamic State jihadists, saying it was carried out by an infiltrator.
The Pentagon said in a statement that the wounded soldier has been evacuated for medical treatment. “This incident is under investigation,” the statement added.
Earlier, provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told foreign media agencies that an Afghan commando had opened fire on US troops and was killed in return fire.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed on Twitter that four US soldiers were killed in the attack. The insurgents are known to exaggerate battlefield claims.