US soldier killed in Afghan 'insider attack' identified

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The incident marks the first combat fatality for the USA military in Afghanistan since April 30 and the second there this year.

Their statement reportedly said that four foreign soldiers had been killed and three wounded at the Tarinkot airport.

His awards include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal, and Afghanistan Campaign Medal, officials said, according to news website

"An American role will be important in this, but we can't run the peace talks, we can't settle this from the outside", he said. The Afghan province that has seen the highest number of attacks is Helmand to the south, a Taliban stronghold and the heart of Afghanistan's opium-growing industry.

Ghani praised the Trump administration's regional strategy, including pressure on Pakistan to better control the borders of its notorious tribal region, long a safe haven for Taliban leaders and a breeding ground for militants.

"The strategy sends a clear message to the Taliban that they can not wait us out", he said.

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A US service member was shot dead and two USA service members wounded after an Afghan soldier turned his weapon against coalition forces in Afghanistan late Saturday, the coalition forces said Sunday. Two other Americans were wounded in the attack.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said an investigation of the attack was underway. It was claimed by the Taliban.

The number of insider attacks peaked at 61 in 2012, but the attacks have become rare after the US military instituted security safeguards to protect American troops.

Maciel was part of Operation Freedom's Sentinel, which conducts counter-terrorism missions targeting terrorist groups like Al Qaeda and the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan and also focuses on building up local Afghan forces.

The latest incident comes as Lieutenant General Scott Miller is set to become the next commander of US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Afghanistan.

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