Vastavam web: In eastern Afghanistan Afghan soldier opened fire on three american soldiers were killed and one wounded.The shooting occurred in Achin district of Nangarhar U.S. special forces have been fighting alongside Afghan troops against IS militants.A Pentagon statement confirmed that three U.S. soldiers had been killed in eastern Afghanistan and one wounded soldier had been evacuated for medical treatment. The statement provided no further details of the incident but said it was under investigation.One U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, confirmed that the incident was a “green-on-blue” attack by a member of the Afghan security forces in Nangarhar province.
In March, three U.S. soldiers were wounded when an Afghan soldier opened fire on them.The attack comes as U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration weighs an increase in troops in the war-torn country.Deliberations include giving more authority to forces on the ground and taking more aggressive action against Taliban fighters. This could allow U.S. advisers to work with Afghan troops below the corps level, potentially putting them closer to fighting, a U.S. official said.Earlier this year, the top U.S. intelligence official said the security situation in Afghanistan will further deteriorate even if there is a modest increase in U.S. military support for Afghanistan.
U.S. and Afghan troops have been battling militants in the Nangarhar province for months.Islamic State, or Daesh as it is generally known in Afghanistan, has established a stronghold in the region, which borders Pakistan. U.S. military officials estimate there are about 600 to 800 Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan, mostly in Nangarhar, but also in the neighboring province of Kunar.