On June 10, an Afghan army commando killed three US soldiers and wounded another. The attacker was shot and killed and one Afghan soldier was wounded.
A surge in the Taliban and the group’s activities and that of other militant groups has also forced Afghanistan’s Western allies, the U.S and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance, to seriously consider sending more troops to the country.
Seven U.S. military service members were injured in an insider attack in Northern Afghanistan Saturday.
Abdul Qahar Araam, spokesman for the U.S. military, said on Saturday that the attack took place at Camp Shaheen in Mazar-e Sharif. The attack Saturday at Camp Shaheen left seven American soldiers wounded, according to officials with the NATO-led mission in the country.
So far this year, six USA soldiers have been killed in combat in Afghanistan, all of them involved in the fight against the Islamic State in Nangarhar province. Zabihullah Mujahid reported more than 100 police were killed and wounded. The attacker was shot and killed when soldiers returned fire.
The attacks come as U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to bolster Washington’s presence in Afghanistan to stem the violence and the Taliban’s military advances, particularly in rural areas of the country, and largely in the south and the east.
The vehicle bomb was used to open the way for other attackers to enter the police headquarters compound.
“We fear a large number of civilian casualties as there were shops and customers near the police headquarters where the attack took place”.
“A source told Al Jazeera that the attack happened at the end of a training exercise”, he said.
Security forces are deployed as the site of suicide attacks and an ongoing clash between Taliban insurgents and government forces in the main police station in eastern Paktia province, Afghanistan, Sunday, Jun 18, 2017.
USA troops in Afghanistan now number about 8,400, with another 5,000 from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, who mainly serve in a training and advisory capacity.