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    Afghan Insider Attack Kills Three Americans

    Afghan Insider Attack Kills Three Americans

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    June 9th, 2013
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    Three Americans – two soldiers and one civilian – have been killed in an insider attack in eastern Afghanistan, officials said.

    Nato said in a statement that a man in an Afghan army uniform had turned his weapon on the international trainers.

    The shooting in Paktika province is the latest in a string of attacks in which infiltrators or disgruntled Afghan police or soldiers have killed international troops working with them.

    The killings threaten to shake the confidence and trust of the two sides as withdrawal of most international troops approaches in 2014.

    Taliban insurgents claim most insider attacks, but the international coalition has said some of them are sparked by personal disputes.

    In this case, an argument between the Afghan soldier and his trainers appeared to have led to the shooting, according to a statement from the provincial governor’s office.

    The angry Afghan soldier opened fire during the argument in an Afghan National Army base, killing the three trainers and wounding three others, according to the governor’s statement.

    The foreigners returned fire and killed the Afghan soldier, who had no known connection to the insurgency.

    Meanwhile, in the western province of Farah, an Italian soldier was killed and three others wounded when an attacker lobbed explosives into their armoured vehicle, Italy’s government said.
    The Defence Ministry said the attack came as the troops were returning to their base from training Afghan security forces.

    The Taliban has taken responsibility for the attack, with spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi claiming that the attacker was an 11-year-old boy.

    But Farah province provincial government spokesman Abdul Rahman Zhawandai said an adult male was seen throwing a grenade, then escaping by blending into the crowd at a nearby vegetable market.

    Taliban insurgents have launched intense attacks across the country as Afghan forces take over most security responsibility ahead of foreign withdrawal.

    Saturday’s deaths brought to 16 the number of international troops killed in Afghanistan this month.

    On Thursday, seven Georgian soldiers died in a truck bombing at their base in the south.

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    Details of Latest Insider Attack in Afghanistan; 3 Americans Dead

    June 9, 2013

    Afghan Soldier Fatally Shoots 3 Americans In Year’s Deadliest Insider Attack

    Ernesto Londono
    Washington Post
    June 9, 2013

    KABUL - An Afghan soldier opened fire on U.S. troops in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday after arguing with one of the Americans, killing two service members and a civilian, U.S. and Afghan officials said.
    The confrontation marked the deadliest insider attack in the country this year and added to the death toll from an intense fighting season, which U.S. and Afghan officials are watching closely for indicators of the Taliban’s resilience as American troops accelerate their withdrawal. In a separate attack Saturday, an Italian captain was killed by a grenade in western Afghanistan.
    The insider attack occurred shortly after noon in Paktika province, which borders Pakistan, after an Afghan soldier got into a verbal dispute with an American service member, according to an account by the provincial governor’s office. The Americans returned fire, killing the Afghan gunman, provincial officials said. Afghan and American officials are investigating the incident, but provincial authorities said they had found no evidence that the Afghan soldier had links to the insurgency.
    The U.S. military said an Afghan was detained after the shooting, but it provided no details about the circumstances.
    Insider attacks became a paramount concern for the U.S.-led coalition here last year, when Afghan troops killed 64 foreign military personnel and civilians in 48 incidents. Far fewer have occurred this year. Before Saturday’s attack, five coalition members had been killed in so-called “green on blue” attacks.
    U.S. military officials went to great lengths to study insider attacks last year after their prevalence began to poison the military partnership at the heart of the U.S. strategy for winding down the Afghan war. Investigators found that relatively few such attacks could be traced to the insurgency, with a high percentage stemming from fights over cultural differences.
    Earlier Saturday, an Italian military training team was returning to its base in Farah province when it came under attack. One soldier was killed and three wounded in the blast, according to the Italian Defense Ministry.
    The Taliban did not assert responsibility for that attack but hailed it in a statement. According to local reports, its statement, which could not be corroborated, said an 11-year-old child had lobbed a grenade at the Italians.
    “This incident clearly shows the utter hatred of Afghans toward the foreign invaders who have occupied our land in the past decade,” the statement said.
    Saturday’s military casualties came two days after seven Georgian troops were killed in a truck bombing in southern Afghanistan.
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