Afghan soldier killed after wounding 7 USA soldiers

Three US soldiers wounded in Afghan'insider attack

Three US soldiers wounded in Afghan'insider attack

"At this time we can confirm there are no USA or NATO Resolute Support fatalities", the worldwide coalition said in a statement.

A member of the 43rd Georgian Light Infantry Battalion moves into position during a June 10, 2015, joint force protection mission with USA forces outside Bagram Air Field in central Afghanistan.

Last week three US soldiers were killed by an Afghan soldier in eastern Nangarhar province.

A spokesman for the 209th Corps, Abdul Qahar Aram, previously said that an Afghan soldier had opened fire on foreign forces stationed in that base.

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Sunday's attack came a day after an Afghan commando fired on USA troops, wounding seven American soldiers.

He says three policemen have been wounded in the attack, which took place Sunday in Gardez, the provincial capital.

The Pentagon is weighing the possibility of sending thousands more troops to the country to train Afghan forces to break what Lt. Gen. John Nicholson calls a stalemate there. The U.S. has around 8,400 troops now deployed to the country. The gunman - an Afghan - had been shot and killed, the spokesman said.

So-called green-on-blue, or insider, attacks have been a recurring problem for the USA -led coalition, most recently on June 10 in the Achin District of eastern Nangarhar province, where US ground forces are helping Afghan special forces fight Islamic State extremists.

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US President Donald Trump is learned to have delegated authority on the number of troops in Afghanistan to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. But the emergence of an affiliate of the Islamic State group has created a sense of urgency to turn the war around. Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the armed group, said at the time that a Taliban loyalist had infiltrated the Afghan army "just to attack foreign forces". The target was the IS affiliate.

Last week, three US soldiers were killed by an Afghan soldier who opened fire at a base in eastern Afghanistan. There was no earlier indication of his intent. The coalition source also said no members of the United States military were killed.

The attack on the base in the centre of the city of Gardez-part of the Taliban's all-out assault during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan-was launched at 6:00 am.

The attackers, some dressed in Afghan military uniforms, managed to pass through two checkpoints in military vehicles before being stopped, after which they opened fire on the busy compound. Danish added that two police officers were killed. The nationality of the other injured soldiers was not immediately known.

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