US service member killed in 'insider attack' 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

The US still has an estimated 14,000 troops in the country helping support the Afghan military, despite NATO's combat mission in Afghanistan officially ended in 2014.

One American service member was killed and two others were wounded on Saturday in what the us -led coalition described as an "apparent insider attack".

NATO's statement did not elaborate on the exact circumstances of the attack, but said it was under investigation.

The U.S. soldiers have not been identified. Task Force 1-28 Infantry is now deployed in support of the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade.

On Saturday, NATO's Resolute Support mission said the two us service members wounded in "an apparent insider attack" are in stable condition.

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The two wounded service members are in a "stable" condition, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said, adding it would not be releasing any further details until next-of-kin had been informed. 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. Officials at the top USA military headquarters in Kabul could not immediately be reached for additional comment.

During his confirmation hearings, Secretary of State Pompeo viewed the USA 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.

American casualties have fallen dramatically since the withdrawal of USA -led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation combat troops at the end of 2014.

The attack comes a year after an Afghan soldier killed three US service members during what was a joint operation. They did not indicate a specific location where the attack occurred. "The Taliban have gained ground, US airstrikes have spiked to put pressure on the group to negotiate, and civilian casualties have increased - partly due to those airstrikes but mostly because of Taliban attacks, and some ISIS attacks".

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