Gen. John Nicholson, the top US military commander in Afghanistan, told Congress earlier this year that a few thousand more USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation personnel might be needed in the country. "The Afghan army soldier was killed in return fire". According to CBS News, he was a commander of 11-soldier unit. Earlier, provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told AFP that an Afghan commando had opened fire on United States troops and was killed in return fire. Its spokesman Zabihullah Kujahid said online that the solider had been an "infiltrator" who had killed four American soldiers. However, spokesman did not indicate at what place in Achin district this incident took place?
The Afghan soldier was killed after the attack.
The Taliban has taken credit for the attack.
He said the Afghan soldier was killed after the attack.
The Afghan conflict is the longest in American history, with US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops at war there since 2001, after the ousting of the Taleban regime.
This type of incident, known as a "green-on-blue" attack, is not uncommon in Afghanistan.
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The incident happened on Saturday during a joint operation in the volatile Achin district in eastern Afghanistan, where U.S. special operations forces are fighting alongside Afghan forces against Taleban insurgents and fighters aligned with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). "The president and I have been briefed; the details of this attack will be forthcoming". But suffice it to say, when heroes fall, Americans grieve. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of American heroes". In March, an Afghan soldier wounded three Americans in Helmand province.
"Green on blue" violence, or insider attacks by Afghan soldiers on USA or other foreign troops, have become rare as coalition forces have mostly withdrawn from Afghanistan.
Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., the top US military commander in Afghanistan, wants 3,000 to 5,000 more troops to help train Afghanistan's military and police forces as they battle Taliban insurgents, Islamic State militants and other militias, USA officials say.
Khogyani said that two other USA soldiers are wounded in the attack, which took place in the Achin district.
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What is particularly worrying about this attack is that it occurred in the eastern Afghanistan province of Achin, a stronghold of ISIS forces in Afghanistan. Achin is home to between 600 and 800 Islamic fighters according to the Associated Press.
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