U.S. ser­vice mem­ber killed in in­sider at­tack in Kabul

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - WORLD - By Fahim Abed Fahim Abed is a New York Times writer.

KABUL — A U.S. ser­vice mem­ber was killed and an­other wounded when an Afghan com­mando opened fire on them on Satur­day in Kabul, Afghan and U.S. of­fi­cials said.

The Salt Lake Tri­bune re­ported that North Og­den Mayor Brent Tay­lor was killed in the at­tack while serv­ing with the state’s Na­tional Guard.

It was the sec­ond such at­tack in less than two weeks. On Oct. 22, an Afghan com­mando opened fire on mem­bers of the U.S.-led NATO coali­tion in the western prov­ince of Herat, killing one and wound­ing two.

“Ini­tial re­ports in­di­cate the at­tacker was a mem­ber of the Afghan Na­tional De­fense and Se­cu­rity Forces,” said De­bra Richard­son, a NATO spokes­woman in Kabul, the cap­i­tal. “The at­tacker was im­me­di­ately killed by other Afghan forces.”

Richard­son said a sec­ond U.S. ser­vice mem­ber, who was not iden­ti­fied, was wounded in the at­tack and was in sta­ble con­di­tion.

In­sider at­tacks have long been a prob­lem for forces in Afghanistan. At their peak in 2012, 61 coali­tion sol­diers were killed by such at­tacks.

The lat­est at­tack came as the U.S. mil­i­tary has re­treated to a more cau­tious po­si­tion af­ter a wide­spread ru­mor about the killing of the pow­er­ful po­lice chief of Kan­da­har prov­ince, which has cre­ated mis­trust with Afghan al­lies.

On Oct. 18, the chief, Gen. Ab­dul Raziq, was shot dead by a teenage Tal­iban in­fil­tra­tor as he was walk­ing out of a meet­ing with the top Amer­i­can and NATO com­man­der, Gen. Austin Miller. Stand­ing steps away, Miller sur­vived a sec­ond round fired in the di­rec­tion of the other dig­ni­taries.

As de­tailed in a New York Times re­port, a guard at the scene, who U.S. of­fi­cials said they be­lieved could have been a sec­ond in­fil­tra­tor, shouted that the Amer­i­cans had shot the Afghan gen­eral.

It led to im­me­di­ate ten­sions with Afghan forces that con­tinue to cast a cloud over the re­la­tion­ship. Afghan and Amer­i­can forces clashed as the U.S. con­voy was leav­ing the com­pound, with U.S. forces shoot­ing one Afghan guard dead.

The U.S. mil­i­tary has strug­gled to con­tain the dis­in­for­ma­tion, and se­nior Afghan of­fi­cials have tried to quash the ru­mor. The con­cern peaked af­ter an Afghan com­mando opened fire on coali­tion forces on Oct. 22 in the west of the coun­try af­ter what Afghan of­fi­cials had said was a ver­bal clash over the killing of Raziq.

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