Afghan soldier killed, several United States soldiers wounded in incident at Army base

Posted June 18, 2017

Several US military personnel were wounded and evacuated in a violent "incident" Saturday at Camp Shaheen in northern Afghanistan, the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission said. The attack Saturday at Camp Shaheen left seven American soldiers wounded, according to officials with the NATO-led mission in the country.

"An Afghan soldier shot and killed four American troops inside the base", said Abdul Qahar Araam, spokesman for the Afghan Army's 209th Corps.

The NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan said it has opened an investigation, adding no United States or Resolute Support forces were killed.

Local residents say they have seen military helicopters hovering over the area. Yesterday, the Pentagon announced it would send 4,000 additional American forces to Afghanistan to support existing forces, and in hopes of "breaking a stalemate in a war that has now been passed on to a third U.S. President".

In April, Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers attacked the same sprawling Afghan army training base, leaving scores of Afghan soldiers dead and scores more wounded.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said an investigation into the incident has been launched. US soldiers have been wounded. The Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack, which unfolded on June 10 in eastern Afghanistan.

The attack appears to have been a "green-on-blue" act by an Afghan soldier, a coalition official told CNN.

Coalition countries, led by the USA, are considering sending thousands more troops to Afghanistan to help advise and assist Afghan forces struggling against Taliban and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group. "We only have reports of injured foreign troops", said Muhammad Radmanish, the ministry's spokesman.

Defense Secretary James Mattis is set to decide in coming weeks on whether to grant the request of Army Gen. John Nicholson, the US commander in Afghanistan, to deploy betweeen 3,000 and 5,000 additional forces to the country.