US service member killed in apparent insider attack in Afghanistan

US service member killed in apparent insider attack in Afghanistan

US service member killed in apparent insider attack in Afghanistan

Insider attacks, often known as "green on blue" attacks, in which Afghan service members or attackers wearing Afghan uniforms fire on USA or coalition troops, have been a regular feature of the conflict in Afghanistan, although their frequency has diminished in recent years.

"Our duty now is to honour him, care for his family and continue our mission", Miller said in a statement.

The service member who was wounded in the attack is in stable condition, U.S. Forces Afghanistan said.

A statement said the "apparent insider attack" occurred on September 3, adding that the service member who died was the sixth American to be killed in Afghanistan this year.

General Scott Miller, who took command of United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Afghanistan on Sunday, said the soldier´s death was "a tragic loss".

American and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops have been present in Afghanistan for 17 years, with more than 2,200 U.S. soldiers being killed in the country since then.

Additional information about the incident was not released and the name of the servicemember who was killed will be released 24 hours after his relatives have been notified.

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A US soldier watches Afghan commandos take part in a combat training exercise at Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 27, 2017.

Miller assumed command of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Afghanistan on September 2, replacing U.S. General John Nicholson.

"The world recognizes Afghanistan can not be a safe haven for terrorism. I understand the reason we are fighting, and I know why we are here, and I know terrorists seek safe haven to export murder", Miller said as he assumed command. "We can not afford to be complacent".

Britain's defense minister echoed that point on a recent visit to Afghanistan - as he warned of the ever-growing threat from the Islamic State.

"There are groups in Afghanistan who want nothing more than to harm others", Miller said.

The strike marks the third time the US has killed a head of ISIS in Afghanistan since July 2016.

Addressing guests, Miller said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners and Afghan partners have sacrificed much over the past 17 years - he commended all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commanders for the work they have done.

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