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Afghan soldier kills to United States soldiers

15 Juin 2017

An Afghan commando today killed two American soldiers and wounded two others during a joint operation in eastern Nangarhar province, a stronghold of Islamic State militants, an official said. The death toll later rose to three, with one injured. A news release from the USA military on Saturday confirmed that an incident had happened in the area overnight in which "personnel from the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces were killed and wounded".

"The reason for the shooting is not clear".

The Afghan soldier was killed during the attack, said Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor in Nangarhar province.

The shooter was killed immediately. A Taliban spokesman sent a text message to journalists Saturday claiming the alleged assailant was an "infiltrator" of the Afghan army. Earlier, provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told AFP that an Afghan commando had opened fire on U.S. troops and was killed in return fire.

Also Known as the "green-on-blue" attack, the insider attack, where an Afghan government solider or police fires on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation coalition forces, is one of the major problems facing coalition forces there.

The deadly shooting comes as the Trump administration weighs deeper involvement in the country after 16 years of war.

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USA soldiers patrol near the site of a U.S. bombing during an operation against Islamic State (IS) militants in the Achin district of Afghanistan's Nangarhar province on April 15, 2017.

Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor in Nangarhar province, said two other U.S. soldiers are wounded in the attack. The dead were members of the Afghan Border Police.

US Marines returned to Helmand in April, years after NATO's combat mission ended in 2014, to help embattled Afghan security forces beat back the resurgent Taliban. All were members of U.S. Army special operations.

A spokesman for US forces in Afghanistan tells CBS News they are "aware of an incident" involving USA troops in the eastern part of the country and will provide more information as it becomes available.

The airstrike was part of an ongoing operation that was led by Afghan forces on the ground. ISIS is believed to be behind a series of terror attacks, including the recent deadly attack on a hospital in Kabul. Members of the Army's 75th Ranger Regiment, out of Fort Benning, Georgia, have been operating in Achin for the last several months.