Friday, 20 July, 2018

Mike Pompeo urges peace talks with Taliban during surprise visit to Afghanistan

A U.S. service member was killed and two others were wounded in an “apparent insider attack” in southern Afghanistan US service member killed in 'insider attack' in Afghanistan
Lisa Bryan | 10 July, 2018, 08:25

The last insider attack that resulted in a USA casualty occurred in June 2017, according to NATO Resolute Support officials.

A USA service member has been killed and two others injured in what appears to be an insider attack in Afghanistan, Nato says. He died Saturday "from wounds sustained during an apparent insider attack" in Tarin Kowt District, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.

The Pentagon has identified the soldier killed in an apparent insider attack Sin Afghanistan as Army Cpl. Task Force 1-28 Infantry is now deployed in support of the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade. The two wounded Americans were in stable condition, the statement added.

Officials said the incident is now under investigation.


Pompeo said the USA will "support, facilitate, and participate in these discussions", but emphasized negotiations with the Taliban must be "Afghan-led and Afghan-owned".

An insider attack would indicate one carried out by a member of the Afghan security forces. The U.S. invaded Afghanistan following the September 11 terror attacks by al-Qaida, which the Taliban government at the time had harbored. But as NPR's David Welna reported last week, a "public information blackout" by the Trump administration has meant that, "since late past year, the Pentagon's stopped posting those numbers for Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan".

He said the strategy announced a year ago by President Donald Trump of sending more troops to increase pressure on the Taliban and push them toward negotiations was working, and would reassure Afghans "that we will support them as they continue fighting to liberate their country and their people". The last insider attack that resulted in a United States casualty occurred two months earlier, in June of past year.

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