US Forces launches airstrike on Afghan government militia after apparent insider attack

Vastavam web: US Forces carried out an airstrike on an Afghan government militia after an apparent insider attack in eastern Afghanistan, Afghan sources have said, killing as many as 13 fighters.The incident occurred yesterday as US soldiers were patrolling in the Islamic State-stronghold of Achin in Nangarhar province, according to Hakim Khan, a commander of the government militia involved in the incident.NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan did not immediately confirm there had been an airstrike, but did say there had been an “active ground engagement”.

It denied reports from local sources saying that American soldiers were among the dead.”One US service member was wounded and is in stable condition at a medical treatment facility,” said spokesman Captain Tom Gresback. He did not disclose which branch of the military the troops were from.Western officials say most insider attacks stem from personal grudges and cultural misunderstandings rather than insurgent plots.A spokesman for the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. The group said two militants posing as militia commanders had killed 16 US service members.While Afghan security forces are conducting most of the fighting against IS and Taliban militants, US troops operate alongside them in a training capacity and are frequently on the front lines.