Three US soldiers killed, one wounded in Afghanistan

Three US servicemen were killed on Saturday in eastern Afghanistanwhen an Afghan soldier opened fire on them. "The Afghan commando was also killed in counterattack".

The "green-on-blue" attacks - when Afghan soldiers or police turn their guns on global troops - have been a major problem during NATO's battle alongside Afghan forces.

Nangarhar provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told AFP the Afghan commando had opened fire on USA troops during an operation in the volatile Achin district.

The Achin district, where the attack is believed to have occurred, is described as an ISIS and Taliban stronghold.

A statement from the United States military said merely that the military was "aware of an incident in eastern Afghanistan".

The latest attack comes as US President Donald Trump's administration is considering sending more troops to Afghanistan.

An investigation was launched to determine the specific circumstances that led to the incident, the statement noted. "American troops were killed when an Afghan member of army commando opened fire on them", Attaullah Khogyani told Al-Jazeera earlier in the day.

A statement from the US military said merely that the military was "aware of an incident in eastern Afghanistan".

Similar incidents have also plagued Afghan troops, depleting morale and causing mistrust within security ranks.

The Pentagon said the families of the three dead soldiers were being informed.

Gen. John W. Nicholson, commander of US Forces Afghanistan, has said the terror group has lost about half of its fighters and been ejected from two-thirds of its territory.

The three other USA soldiers killed in Achin earlier this year "make up the entirety of US combat fatalities in Afghanistan in 2017", according to the Washington Post.

Most of those funds (more than $71 billion) have been devoted to training, housing, equipping, and sustaining the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in their fight against the Taliban and other jihadist groups. The Afghan conflict is the longest in American history, with US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops at war there since 2001, after the ousting of the Taliban regime.

American troops, including special forces, also carry out separate counterterrorism missions.

  • Leroy Wright