USA service member killed in Afghanistan insider attack

10 July, 2018, 08:26 | Author: Diane Mills
  • U.S. service members are shown at sunrise in Afghanistan in 2013

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation did not release the identity of the American soldier killed or provide further details about where the incident took place.

A local police officer said a shooting took place at the airport in Tarinkot, the capital of Afghanistan's Uruzgan province, the AFP reported.

The Pentagon said Maciel was part of Operation Freedom's Sentinel, which conducts counterterrorism missions targeting terrorist groups like al Qaeda and the local ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan and also focuses on building up local Afghan forces.

The secretary of state asserted that the Taliban understands USA resolve and is "beginning to see that they can not wait us out".

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Pompeo left Afghanistan for the United Arab Emirates, where he will meet Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a staunch US ally, amid his country's war in Yemen.

During his confirmation hearings, Secretary of State Pompeo viewed the US role in Afghanistan as a "humble" mission with an "objective of leaving", but not before threats to American security from the region have been neutralized and the Afghan government is stabilized. Western officials say most insider attacks stem from personal grudges and cultural misunderstandings rather than insurgent plots.

An insider attack is when a member of the Afghan National Security Forces, who U.S.military personnel is advising and training attacks a US service member, a Military.com report said.

The statement offered no additional details of how the apparent insider attack occurred. Afghan commandos carried out the operation with support from USA special forces and air power. He will take over from General John Nicholson, who is rotating out of his post after a two-year deployment. I.S.is also maintaining its eastern and northern footholds despite an intensified aerial bombing campaign by Afghan and US forces. The last insider attack that resulted in a United States casualty occurred two months earlier, in June of past year.

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