Pompeo Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan

Glen Norman
July 10, 2018

An insider attack would indicate one carried out by a member of the Afghan security forces.

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

Maciel's honors include the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon, the Columbus, Ga., newspaper site says. "Our prayers are with his family and friends during this hard time".

"A patriot Afghan soldier opened fire on Americans in Uruzgan airport killing and wounding at least four American invaders", the Taliban said.

The attack took place in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, a statement from the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said, BBC reported.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, shake hands during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan July 9, 2018. It added that the name of the deceased service member was being withheld until next of kin is notified.

Currently, there are about 14,000 US troops in Afghanistan, providing the main component of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission there to support and train local forces.

Insider attacks are commonly referred to as "green on blue" attacks.

The Taliban have been battling USA -led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in an attempt to restore their version of strict Islamic law in the country after being toppled by a US -led campaign in 2001.

Following a three-day ceasefire during last month's Eid holiday, the Taliban, fighting to restore their version of strict Islamic law, have so far rejected Ghani's offer of talks, demanding the withdrawal of global troops from Afghanistan. The death is the third American military fatality in Afghanistan this year. In the six months prior to June, there were two USA military deaths due to hostile actions and 22 US military personnel wounded, according the DoD report.

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