Seven US soldiers wounded in insider attack at Afghan base

Afghan security officials inspect the scene of a suicide bomb attack that targeted police headquarters in Paktia Afghanistan 18 June 2017

Afghan security officials inspect the scene of a suicide bomb attack that targeted police headquarters in Paktia Afghanistan 18 June 2017

The Pentagon says seven U.S. Soldiers were hurt by an Afghan soldier this week.in what officials are calling the latest "green-on-blue" attack in just a weeks time.

Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry, confirmed the attack in Gardez, the provincial capital.

It took Afghan security forces most of the day to kill the last gunmen, who had barricaded themselves in a kitchen in the compound, according to police. The attackers were disguised in Afghan army uniforms. He said five members of the police were killed, although Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed scores of police lost their lives in the attack.

On June 10, an Afghan army commando killed three USA soldiers and wounded another. About sixty soldiers were killed on their bases, mostly at night, in the southern province of Kandahar alone during the same week at the end of May.

Meanwhile, in neighboring Logar province, gunmen shot and killed the head of the police's criminal investigation department, said Salim Saleh, spokesman for provincial governor.

As many as five militants tried to blow themselves up at the high-security office of the police, shortly after which the Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility.

In the meantime, the lawmakers of the Lower House of the Parliament said they will once again hold talks with the protesters in a bid to resolve the issue.

Sunday's attack came a day after an Afghan commando fired on US troops, wounding seven American soldiers.

At least two Pakistani diplomats based in a consulate office in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad have been missing since Friday, when they set off by road back to their homeland, Pakistan's foreign office said on Sunday.

However, even U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said that America is losing the #War In Afghanistan and only a strong and sustained response will avert such a tragedy.

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.

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