Led airstrike kills 3 policemen in Afghanistan

The latest insider attack also happened as U.S. President Donald Trump was reportedly mulling over increasing troop levels for Afghanistan.

Afghan officials initially reported that two US service members were killed but USA officials later said three had died in the incident.

Attahullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor in Nangarhar province, said that two other US soldiers were also wounded in the attack.

Mujahid claimed on Twitter that four United States soldiers were killed in the attack.

U.S. and Afghan forces however have been battling Islamic State militants in Nangarhar province since the beginning of 2015.

The Afghan Army soldier who apparently opened fire on the Americans was shot dead during the fight. They initially claimed that the plane was under attack and had to respond, but now are saying that the Afghan police were "patrolling too close to a Taliban base".

In some cases Afghan troops have been forced to abandon more scattered and rural bases, and the government can claim to control or influence only 57 percent of the country, according to USA military estimates from earlier this year.

Khogyani said that the Afghan soldier had been killed during the attack.

Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., the top USA military commander in Afghanistan, wants 3,000 to 5,000 more troops to help train Afghanistan's military and police forces as they battle Taliban insurgents, Islamic State militants and other militias, US officials say.

In October a year ago, an Afghan man in a military uniform shot dead a USA soldier and an American civilian contractor inside a military base in Kabul before being killed.

In a separate incident, two Afghan border police officers were killed in a USA airstrike in southern Helmand province Friday night.

Taliban insurgents have made widespread gains in Helmand, seizing numerous province's districts and threatening the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah. "The American invaders were there to support their Afghan slaves".

Six U.S. service members now have been killed in Afghanistan this year.

Saturday's attack also comes as the Trump administration debates sending up to 5,000 additional American troops to Afghanistan to the help break what senior military leaders have declared a stalemate.

U.S. and Afghan troops have been battling militants in the Nangarhar province for months.

The apparent insider attack occurred Achin, an Islamic State stronghold along the Pakistan border in Nangarhar province.

Two Afghan border policemen were also recently killed by US aircraft friendly fire during a joint operation in the southern province of Helmand.

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

  • Leroy Wright