U.S. military confirms airstrikes killed 2 Afghan soldiers

U.S. military confirms airstrikes killed 2 Afghan soldiers

U.S. military confirms airstrikes killed 2 Afghan soldiers

The Afghan army soldier opened fire and killed the Americans, according to USA and Afghan officials.

Saturday's attack came just hours after an errant USA air strike killed and wounded at least six Afghan policemen in southern Helmand province, in the latest "friendly fire" incident.

The Taliban has extended its control and influence to swathes of Afghanistan and intensified battlefield attacks across the country since launching its so-called yearly spring offensive in late April, killing scores of Afghan security forces.

"We can confirm personnel from the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces were killed and wounded during overnight operations in Helmand province".

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The Trump administration is in the middle of a review of the overall US strategy in Afghanistan.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack saying it was carried out by an infiltrator. "The soldier was also killed in the return fire", Khogyani told AFP. Additionally, two USA soldiers are also reported wounded.

President Trump is monitoring the situation, a White House spokesman said.

The three previous USA soldiers' deaths in Achin make up the entirety of US combat fatalities in Afghanistan in 2017.

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Afghanistan has never truly stabilized due to continued fighting between the government forces and the Taliban, which seized vast territories in the Afghan rural areas.

Meanwhile, several members of the Afghan security forces were killed on Friday when a USA military aircraft opened fire during an overnight operation in Helmand province, according to officials. But suffice it to say, when heroes fall, Americans grieve.

Three American servicemembers were killed in an attack in Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, June 10, 2017. The shooting occurred in an Islamic State-infested district in eastern Afghanistan where the U.S.is actively engaged in operations against the nascent terrorist group. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of American heroes".

Airstrikes by United States warplanes have risen significantly over the last few months as President Donald Trump and other foreign leaders come under pressure to commit more troops.

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