2 Amer­i­cans are killed at base near Kabul

3 also in­jured in at­tack by gun­man wear­ing Afghan army uni­form

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD - By Erin Cun­ning­ham and Thomas Gib­bons-Neff — As­so­ci­ated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan — Two Amer­i­cans were killed and an­other three were in­jured in a rare at­tack on for­eign troops near the Afghan cap­i­tal Wed­nes­day, U.S. and Afghan of­fi­cials said.

A gun­man fired on in­ter­na­tional ad­vis­ers at an am­mu­ni­tion de­pot near Camp More­head, a train­ing site for Afghan com­man­dos, about 6 miles south of Kabul.

The at­tack, which took place near the en­trance of the base, killed one U.S. ser­vice mem­ber and in­jured an­other. One U.S. civil­ian was also killed, and two more were wounded in the as­sault, a state­ment from the NATO-led coali­tion said.

The gun­man, who the Afghan De­fense Min­istry said was wear­ing an Afghan army uni­form, was killed after in­ter­na­tional troops re­sponded with gun­fire. The in­jured Amer­i­cans re­mained in sta­ble con­di­tion, NATO said.

The United States sup- A mother and daugh­ter re­cu­per­ate this month after an at­tack on a Shi­ite shrine in Kabul. The U.N. said Wed­nes­day that the num­ber of chil­dren killed or wounded in Afghanistan’s con­flict has in­creased in 2016 over the same pe­riod last year. plies the NATOmis­sion with about 6,800 troops to ad­vise and as­sist Afghan troops, which are bat­tling a fierce Tal­iban in­sur­gency in key ar­eas across the coun­try. An ad­di­tional 3,000 U.S. troops are ded­i­cated Op­er­a­tion Free­dom Sen­tinel, a sep­a­rate coun­tert­er­ror­ism mis­sion fo­cused on al-Qaida and the Is­lamic State group.

TheU.S. of­fi­cial said it was not clear Wed­nes­day whether the as­sailant was in fact a mem­ber of the Afghan Na­tional Army. But Wed­nes­day’s shoot­ing ap­peared to be what is known as an “in­sider” or green-on-blue at­tack, where Afghan al­lies turn on their U.S. and for­eign men­tors.

At least 150 coali­tion troops have been killed in such at­tacks since 2008, ac­cord­ing to data com­piled by the Long War Jour­nal, which is pub­lished by the D.C.-based Foun­da­tion for the De­fense of Democ­ra­cies.

The as­saults — which have been at­trib­uted both to Tal­iban in­fil­tra­tion and cul­tural dif­fer­ences be­tween Afghan and for­eign troops — surged in num­ber from 2011 to 2013. But the at­tacks be­came more in­fre­quent as the bulk of U.S. and NATO troops with­drew from the coun­try. U.S. forces have suf­fered only two com­bat ca­su­al­ties in Afghanistan this year, both of which oc­curred in the volatile Hel­mand prov­ince in the coun­try’s south.

Civil­ian ca­su­al­ties

KABUL, Afghanistan — The num­ber of chil­dren killed and wounded in Afghanistan’s con­flict in­creased in the first nine months of 2016, com­pared to the same pe­riod last year, the U.N. mis­sion said in a re­port re­leased Wed­nes­day.

The U.N.’s As­sis­tance Mis­sion in Afghanistan said it has doc­u­mented 2,461 ca­su­al­ties among chil­dren in 2016 — 639 deaths and 1,822 wounded. That’s a 15 per­cent in­crease, com­pared to the Jan­uary-Septem­ber pe­riod in 2015.

Be­tween Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, UNAMA doc­u­mented 8,397 con­flict-re­lated civil­ian ca­su­al­ties with 2,562 deaths and 5,835 wounded. That rep­re­sents a 1 per­cent de­crease, com­pared to the same pe­riod in 2015, said the mis­sion.

At Camp More­head, elite Afghan com­mando units learn am­bush tac­tics, how to call in airstrikes, and train for short mis­sions. But the com­man­dos, which num­ber about 11,000, are in­creas­ingly stretched thin.

More than 2,350 U.S. troops have died sup­port­ing mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions in Afghanistan since 2001.

RAHMAT GUL/AP

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