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Insider Attack Kills U.S. Soldier in Afghanistan

The killing is the latest 'green on blue' attack suffered by Nato forces in Afghanistan The killing is the latest'green on blue attack suffered by Nato forces in Afghanistan More
Jay Anderson | 10 July, 2018, 08:27

The death is the third American military fatality in Afghanistan this year.

One U.S. service member was killed and two wounded Saturday in an apparent insider attack in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. -led military coalition.

He urged both groups to come to the negotiating table, adding, the US would be willing to help facilitate the discussions. He had been serving in Afghanistan since February.

Some of the U.S. forces are involved in counterterrorism operations, particularly against the local Islamic State group. Though a recent ceasefire gave people hope that an end is in sight, it lasted for only three days, according to The Washington Post.




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.

As in other areas of the war, Afghan units suffer more heavily than coalition units from insider attacks. "And I will tell you honestly, we have had our Afghan partners come to us with intelligence that preempted potential attacks, and they have been proactively taking care of their own problems".

"Cpl. Maciel was an excellent soldier beloved by his teammates and dedicated to our mission", Lt. Col. David Conner, Maciel's battalion commander, said in a statement to the military news website.

The last insider attack occurred in August 2017. In that incident, a Romanian soldier was injured. A U.S. Defense Department report released earlier this month found civilian casualties had increased 73 percent between December and May compared to the same period the year before. He is survived by his mother and father.

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