TribLIVE

| USWorld

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

3 Americans killed by Afghan soldier

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

By The Washington Post
Saturday, June 8, 2013, 7:48 p.m.
 

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 incident Saturday, an Italian captain was killed in a grenade attack 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 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.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read World

  1. Obama celebrates gains, notes stalemates on visit to East Africa
  2. Turks, Kurdish rebels deepen hostility
  3. French students unearth 560,000-year-old tooth, oldest body part found in country
  4. NATO proclaims ‘strong solidarity’ with Turkey against IS
  5. Scientists warn about killer robots
  6. U.S., Turkey plan for ‘safe zone’ free of ISIS in northern Syria
  7. Libyans on death sentences for Gadhafi’s son, others: ‘Who cares?’