Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Pompeo offers support for Taliban peace talks during surprise Afghan visit

Pompeo offers support for Taliban peace talks during surprise Afghan visit

The Taliban released a statement on Twitter saying an Afghan soldier fired on US troops in the province of Uruzgan, AFP reported.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said Saturday that a US soldier had been killed and two others wounded in what it called an "apparent insider attack" in southern Afghanistan. Western officials say most insider attacks stem from personal grudges and cultural misunderstandings rather than insurgent plots.

A USA soldier killed in Afghanistan was identified late on Sunday as Cpl.

Details of the incident, which is under investigation, were not immediately released.

"The wounded service members, who are in stable condition, are now being treated", said the statement.

A USA service member has been killed and two others were wounded in an "apparent insider attack" in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, according to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

The injured American troopers were in stable condition, the statement added.

Pompeo left Afghanistan for the United Arab Emirates, where he will meet Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a staunch USA ally, amid his country's war in Yemen. The Afghan province that has seen the highest number of attacks is Helmand to the south, a Taliban stronghold and the heart of Afghanistan's opium-growing industry.

As well as the battle against the Taliban and Islamic State fighters operating from Afghanistan, Pompeo discussed plans for October elections in the country and presidential elections due early next year, amid tensions between powerful regional leaders and Ghani.

The term "insider attack" refers to attacks carried out against USA military personnel by the Afghan troops they are training or advising.

The last insider attack occurred in August of 2017.

The last insider attack that resulted in a U.S. casualty occurred in June past year.

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