Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

'Green-On-Blue' Attacks Hit US Troops In Afghanistan


Col. Abdul Qahar Aram, spokesman for the 209th Corps, said an Afghan soldier had opened fire, wounding foreign soldiers in the garrison area of the camp. "At this time we can confirm there are no USA or NATO Resolute Support fatalities".

In April, a group of ten Taliban soldiers dressed in Afghan Army uniforms attacked Camp Shaheen, detonating explosives and shooting hundreds at a mosque and dining hall on the base, killing 140 members of the 209 Corps and injuring 160, according to the government.

USA -led forces invaded Afghanistan at the end of 2001 to oust the Taliban government, which was accused of sheltering Al-Qaeda militants blamed for carrying out the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States.

As many as five militants tried to blow themselves up at the high-security office of the police, shortly after which the Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility.

An Afghan soldier is alleged to have fired inside a military compound in northern Afghanistan and injured about seven U.S. troops.

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Abdul Qahar Araam, spokesman for the Afghan army's 209th Corps, announced earlier that an Afghan soldier had shot and killed four U.S. soldiers inside the base. Araam added that the soldiers returned fire and killed the attacker.

"About 6.20am a martyr attack was conducted by our mujahideen against a special forces base in Gardez, Paktia", spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.

That attack came just days after three US soldiers were killed and another wounded during a joint US-Afghan military operation in the same region.

One or possibly two attackers were still alive and fighting with police, he said.

Al Jazeera's Rob McBride, reporting from Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation soldiers were training their Afghan counterparts at the base where the attack took place.

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Another attack on June 17 left seven USA troops wounded.

However, earlier reports of American soldiers being killed were dismissed. The Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack.

The Pentagon is set to announce it is sending another 4,000 U.S. troops to the country to counter the increasingly aggressive insurgents.

Three U.S. Army soldiers - Sgt. Eric M. Houck, 25, of Baltimore, Maryland; Sgt. William M. Bays, 29 of Barstow, California; and Cpl. One of the incidents left three US soldiers dead.

American defense officials say in coming weeks they will decide whether to send between 3,000 to 5,000 more troops as requested by military commanders.

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