US soldier killed in 'apparent insider attack' in Afghanistan

U.S. service members are shown at sunrise in Afghanistan in 2013

U.S. service members are shown at sunrise in Afghanistan in 2013

Insider attacks are commonly referred to as "green on blue" attacks.

The two wounded US troops were in stable condition, the statement added.

It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack, or whether they had been apprehended. In that incident, a Romanian NATO soldier was injured.

Details of the incident, which is still under investigation, were not released.

In the meantime, Afghan officials have told AFP that the incident has taken place in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan.

Pompeo also added, perhaps optimistically given Afghanistan's long history of resisting foreign forces, that the Taliban were "beginning to see that they can not wait us out".

"A patriot Afghan soldier opened fire on Americans in Uruzgan airport killing and wounding at least four American invaders", the Taliban said.

"Our South Asia strategy has sent a clear message to the Afghan peoples and its security services that we will support them as they continue to fight to defend their country and their people", Pompeo said at a joint news conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul.

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The invitation says that the main goal of the conference is to reject the "erroneous interpretations of Islamic views by terrorist groups operating in Afghanistan".

American casualties have fallen dramatically since the withdrawal of US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation combat troops at the end of 2014.

As well as the battle against the Taliban and Islamic State fighters operating from Afghanistan, Pompeo discussed plans for October elections in the country and presidential elections due early next year, amid tensions between powerful regional leaders and Ghani.

The name of the killed soldier has not been released.

Cultural misunderstandings and combat stress have also been named as the cause in previous attacks.

The last insider attack occurred in August 2017, CNN reported.

Afghan civilians increasingly found themselves in the crosshairs during an unusually intense period of fighting last winter. The last insider attack that resulted in a United States casualty occurred two months earlier, in June of a year ago.

The document also found a 14-percent increase in the number of Afghan army personnel killed or wounded while on local patrols and during checkpoint operations.

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