US service member killed in Afghanistan insider attack

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The Taliban released a statement praising an Afghan soldier for carrying out the attack, without taking credit for it themselves.

"And right now, you know, yes, green on blue could be a threat, but we have not had a single incident", Jackson said, using a military term for insider attacks. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Afghan officials could not immediately verify that information, according to the news agency.

The wounded service members are in stable condition and are being treated, the statement from NATO Resolute Support, a North Atlantic Treaty Organization-led, non-combat mission said.

It was not immediately clear what became of the shooter. In that incident, a Romanian NATO soldier was injured.

The apparent insider attack occurred in a local airport in Tirin Kowt city, capital of southern Afghanistan's Uruzgan province.

His awards include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal, and Afghanistan Campaign Medal, officials said, according to news website Military.com.

The Pentagon said Maciel was part of Operation Freedom's Sentinel, which conducts counterterrorism missions targeting terrorist groups like al Qaeda and the local ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan and also focuses on building up local Afghan forces.

Currently, there are about 14,000 USA troops in Afghanistan, providing the main component of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission there to support and train local forces. But it gave no further details, saying the name of the service member killed would be withheld until next of kin were notified. They did not indicate a specific location where the attack occurred.

The U.S. had more than 13,000 uniformed service members in Afghanistan as of fall 2017.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation told AFP that Saturday's killing was the third US soldier death this year. Afghan commandos carried out the operation with support from USA special forces and air power. "The Taliban have gained ground, US airstrikes have spiked to put pressure on the group to negotiate, and civilian casualties have increased - partly due to those airstrikes but mostly because of Taliban attacks, and some ISIS attacks".

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