US 'launches airstrike' in Afghanistan after apparent insider attack

Erika Holt
January 13, 2018

US forces killed 10 insurgents in a compound in eastern Afghanistan in an air strike that was triggered by an insider attack on USA and Afghan soldiers, the USA military said on January 12.

He said there had been a "shooting incident" after which U.S. forces conducted an airstrike targeting the militia.

The incident occurred during a joint operation against fighters from Islamic State in Khorasan (IS-K), the local one Nangarhar province, on the border with Pakistan.

When the meeting ended, Gresback said the Taliban-linked insurgents opened fire, killing the militia leader and wounding the American service member and the interpreter. An AFP reporter saw at least eight militia fighters buried on Friday morning.

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Tom Gresback, a US military spokesman in Afghanistan, told the Associated Press one USA service member was wounded and in stable condition in what he would describe only as "active ground engagement". The coalition sent an Afghan militia leader, a USA service member, and an interpreter.

Western officials say most insider attacks stem from personal grudges and cultural misunderstandings rather than insurgent plots. The Taliban quickly claimed credit for the attack.

Several militants including key members and commanders of the anti-government armed militants were killed in similar operations in this province earlier this month.

U.S. Special Forces, cooperating with Afghan units, have been heavily engaged in Nangarhar, where Islamic State in Khorasan, the local affiliate of the radical movement, first appeared three years ago.

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