NATO soldier killed in Taliban claimed attack in Afghanistan

NATO statement says that soldier has been killed on Tuesday in attack on US air base in Bagram

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

A NATO soldier stands guard under the wing of a C-130 Hercules aircraft, that belongs to the Afghan National Army, in Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015.

A NATO coalition force member has been killed on Tuesday during an attack on the US air base at Bagram, Afghanistan, NATO official said on Wednesday morning.

NATO statement did not identify the militant group responsible for the attack and couldn’t release the nationality of the NATO soldier killed in the attack on the main military airfield at Bagram.

On Wednesday, the attack has been claimed by Taliban through their Twitter account.

Taliban has demanded the Afghan government to expel foreign forces from the country and cancel security deal with the United States in a message he released on its website.

The statement written in the name of the Taliban’s new leader, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour said, "If the Kabul administration wants to end the war and establish peace in the country, it is possible through ending the occupation and revoking all military and security treaties with the invaders."

"The creation of different groups ... is the last conspiracy of the invaders for continuation of the American proxy war in Afghanistan."

The Afghan government and the United States have signed a security deal in 2014, allowing more than 10,000 US troops to remain in the country after NATO’s combat mission ended in December 2014.

A U.S. soldiers walks past military vehicles in Kandahar Air Base (KAF) in Kandahar city, Afghanistan, Saturday, July 25, 2015.

Bagram airbase guarded by US marines has been frequently targeted with rockets since the 2001 US intervention to Afghanistan. According to Associated Press, including yesterdays killing, 7 foreign soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan only this year.


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