Saturday, 21 October, 2017

USA soldiers wounded in attack at base in north Afghanistan

The Pentagon has asked the White House to send thousands more troops to Afghanistan to join the 8,400 currently thereWAKIL KOHSAR The Pentagon has asked the White House to send thousands more troops to Afghanistan to join the 8,400 currently thereWAKIL KOHSAR
Christy Curtis | 18 June, 2017, 02:08

USA soldiers have been wound.

A military spokeman also denied earlier claims by the Afghan army that four US soldiers were killed in the melee.

The military coalition had earlier said that one Afghan soldier had been killed and another wounded in the incident.

No US military troops were killed, the mission said in a statement.

Those injured service members have been evacuated from Camp Shaheen, a base located in Mazar-i-Sharif, in the northern province of Balkh.

Initial reports of the incident from an Afghan army commander said the soldiers were killed in the attack, but the US military command in Afghanistan denied that the soldiers were dead.

At least three USA troops were wounded on Saturday when an Afghan soldier opened fire at them at a military base in northern Afghanistan, the defence ministry said, in an apparent insider attack. There were no USA fatalities. The attackers were disguised in Afghan army uniforms.

Afghan officials said the perpetrator of the June 10 attack was also an Afghan special forces soldier.

At the same time, the U.S. military command in Kabul confirmed the information and said that it happened at camp Shaheen in Mazar-I-Sharif, where is the 209 corps of the army.

More than US 2,000 troops have died from both combat and noncombat causes in the country since 2001.

In April, Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers attacked the same sprawling Afghan army training base, leaving at least 100 Afghan soldiers dead and scores more wounded.

"We are not winning in Afghanistan right now", Mattis told Congress on Tuesday, "and we will correct this as soon as possible".

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