Taliban Storm Afghan Police Compound, Kill Five Police

Seven US soldiers were wounded Saturday by an Afghan soldier on a northern Afghanistan base during the second "inside attack" in a week against US forces awaiting the impending announcement of reinforcements by Pentagon.

Six U.S. troops have been killed by hostile fire in Afghanistan so far in 2017.

The Taliban used this tactic to penetrate security at the Afghan National Army's 209th Shaheen Corps Headquarters in Mazar-i-Sharif in Balkh province in April.

About a week ago three members of USA troops were killed when an Afghan soldier opened fire.

Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry, confirmed the attack in Gardez, the provincial capital.

A member of the 43rd Georgian Light Infantry Battalion moves into position during a June 10, 2015, joint force protection mission with USA forces outside Bagram Air Field in central Afghanistan. Two attackers were immediately killed by the Afghan forces while one attacker is absconding.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack, which unfolded on June 10 in eastern Afghanistan. The Taliban claimed the commando had been an infiltrator, but Afghan officials said it appeared to have been the outcome of a personal dispute.

A week ago three United States soldiers were killed and a fourth wounded when an Afghan soldier opened fire on them at a base in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province.

It follows another so-called green-on-blue attack last week, when an Afghan soldier opened fire on U.S. Troops during a joint operation in the Achin district of eastern Afghanistan, killing three army rangers.

The violence comes just seven days after an Afghan soldier turned his weapon on his US counterparts in another region of Afghanistan, killing three soldiers and wounding another.

Unofficial sources said that 25 police and civilians sustained injuries by the attack.

After more than 15 years of war the Taliban control broad swaths of the country and the struggling Afghan security forces continue to take an nearly unsustainable amount of casualties as they battle to hold provincial capitals.

Earlier this month, a convoy carrying United States and Afghan forces was struck by a roadside bomb and came under small arms fire. About 5,000 non-U.S. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces are still in the country.

Insurgent groups like the Taliban and ISIS have launched a string of attacks across Afghanistan in recent weeks. The total number of soldiers wounded is 193.

  • Leroy Wright