Afghan soldier killed after wounding 7 USA soldiers

Claudine Rigal
Juin 19, 2017

Around six attackers stormed the gate after the blast, with at least two quickly killed by police.

The U.S. now has roughly 8,400 troops in Afghanistan (excluding those in country on a temporary basis), while North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and coalition allies have a total of about 5,000 forces. One Afghan soldier was killed and another was wounded, the coalition said. "Two were killed when they entered (the compound)", an official said.

"A source told Al Jazeera that the attack happened at the end of a training exercise", he said.

The head of the police hospital, Dr Shir Mohammad, confirmed the five deaths.

A spokesman for the Taliban militant group praised the attack but did not claim responsibility.

The injured personals have been evacuated for medical treatment. The Islamist group often exaggerates casualty numbers in attacks against government targets and security forces. "Mattis has repeatedly stressed that increasing the number of US troops in Afghanistan would take place within a broader, long-term strategy for stabilizing Afghanistan", the Post reported.

But last week, in an equally dramatic response, hundreds of Islamic State fighters captured Tora Bora, the underground labyrinth that was once the redoubt of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

Just in the month of April, a massive attack in April on the same Shaheen base by Taliban militants left scores of Afghan soldiers dead.

Afghan Special Forces also arrived at the site shortly after the incident occurred and sealed off the area.

An Afghan soldier is alleged to have fired inside a military compound in northern Afghanistan and injured about seven USA troops. Without calling for the operation, the Taliban fighting against the Kabul regime and the forces behind it have reported it and described the soldier as a "patriot".

"Initial information shows three United States soldiers visiting the base were wounded", Mohammad Radmanish, a spokesman for the Afghan Defense Ministry said.

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.

This is the second incident of this nature in a week and it comes as the Pentagon prepares to announce the sending of a few thousand additional men to counter the progression of Islamist insurgents. US troops accused their Afghan allies of "pervasive illicit drug use, massive thievery, personal instability, dishonesty, no integrity, incompetence, unsafe weapons handling, corrupt officers. high AWOL rates, bad morale, laziness (and) repulsive hygiene".

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