Afghan commando kills 3 US soldiers in "green-on-blue" attack

The latest incident claimed by Taliban took place in Nangarhar province. There've been many cases when Afghan soldiers or police turned their guns on international troops in so-called "green-on-blue" attacks.

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"Insider attacks" have been a major problem during NATO's long years fighting alongside Afghan forces.

An Afghan commando on Saturday killed three American soldiers and wounded another during a joint operation in eastern Nangarhar province, according to three US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in the volatile district of Achin, which is also contested by Daesh, saying it was carried out by an infiltrator, in the latest so-called "insider attack" on international forces.

"Today around noon an Afghan commando opened fire on US troops in Achin district, killing two American soldiers," provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said earlier. 

"The (Afghan) soldier was also killed in the return fire."

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that four US soldiers were killed in the attack. 

"Insider attacks"- a major headache  

So-called "green-on-blue" attacks - when Afghan soldiers or police turn their guns on international troops - have been a major problem during NATO's long years fighting alongside Afghan forces.

Western officials say most insider attacks stem from personal grudges and cultural misunderstandings rather than insurgent plots.

Saturday's attack came just hours after a US air strike killed and wounded at least six Afghan policemen in southern Helmand province, in the latest "friendly fire" incident.

The Afghan conflict is the longest in American history. US-led NATO troops have been at war there since 2001, after the ousting of the Taliban regime.

US troops in Afghanistan number about 8,400 today, and there are another 5,000 from NATO allies. 

Source: 
TRTWorld and agencies