Published: Sun, June 11, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Pentagon: 3 US soldiers killed, 1 wounded in Afghanistan

Pentagon: 3 US soldiers killed, 1 wounded in Afghanistan

Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor in Nangarhar province, said that two other USA soldiers are wounded in the attack, which took place in the Achin district.

Three US soldiers were killed and a fourth wounded in Afghanistan on Saturday, the Pentagon said, after an Afghan soldier reportedly opened fire on them.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed on Twitter that four USA soldiers were killed in the attack. "Next of kin notification is underway", the Pentagon said in a statement. The details of this attack will be forthcoming. "We are aware of an incident in eastern Afghanistan", the US-led military coalition said in a brief statement. "We will release more information when appropriate". "And our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these American heroes".

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Such deadly incidents of friendly fire and civilian casualties in Afghanistan risk seriously undermining the credibility of the nascent Afghan forces as well as their global allies, particularly the U.S.

In October 2015, a U.S. Air Force AC-130U gunship attacked the Kunduz Trauma Centre operated by Doctors Without Borders, killing at least 42 people, including medical staff, and wounding over 30.

"We would like to express our deepest condolences to the families of the [Afghan Border Police] members affected by this unfortunate incident", a USA military spokesman said in a statement, according to the news service.

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United States and coalition casualties in Afghanistan have become rarer, falling dramatically since the Afghan government assumed responsibility for combat operations in 2014. A US Army Special Forces soldier was killed fighting the terror group there in early April. "That Afghan soldier was also killed following the incident".

Achin District is the primary base of operations for ISIS in Afghanistan and has been the site of multiple joint US-Afghan counterterrorism missions. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says in a statement that a Taliban loyalist had infiltrated the Afghan army "just to attack foreign forces".

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