U.S. cites ‘in­sider’ in Afghanistan blood­shed

One ser­vice mem­ber dead, two wounded in at­tack hailed by Tal­iban

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION - BY DAN LAMOTHE dan.lamothe@wash­post.com Sharif Has­san and Sayed Salahud­din in Afghanistan con­trib­uted to this re­port.

One U.S. ser­vice mem­ber was killed and two were wounded Sat­ur­day in an ap­par­ent in­sider at­tack in Afghanistan, ac­cord­ing to the U.S.-led mil­i­tary coali­tion.

The am­bush oc­curred in south­ern Afghanistan, U.S. mil­i­tary of­fi­cials said in a writ­ten state­ment. They did not give a pre­cise lo­ca­tion where the at­tack oc­curred. The two wounded Amer­i­cans were in sta­ble con­di­tion, the state­ment added.

None of the Amer­i­cans was iden­ti­fied. Of­fi­cials at the top U.S. mil­i­tary head­quar­ters in Kabul could not be reached for ad­di­tional com­ment.

The Tal­iban re­leased a state­ment prais­ing an Afghan sol­dier for car­ry­ing out the at­tack, with­out tak­ing credit for it them­selves.

That state­ment and an Afghan of­fi­cial, speak­ing on the con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause of the sit­u­a­tion’s sen­si­tiv­ity, said the at­tack oc­curred in Uruz­gan prov­ince.

The in­ci­dent marks the first com­bat fatal­ity for the U.S. mil­i­tary in Afghanistan since April 30, and the third there this year.

In the April in­ci­dent, Army Spec. Gabriel D. Conde, 22, was shot by en­emy fight­ers dur­ing a bat­tle in Kapisa prov­ince while pro­vid­ing se­cu­rity for U.S. Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions troops.

At­tacks by Afghan se­cu­rity forces against coali­tion troops work­ing along­side them were com­mon in Afghanistan sev­eral years ago, when the Pen­tagon had more than 100,000 per­son­nel de­ployed there. They be­came more rare as the num­ber of Amer­i­can troops de­clined, and as the mil­i­tary coali­tion added se­cu­rity pre­cau­tions.

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