American service member killed in 'insider attack' in Afghanistan

American service member killed in 'insider attack' in Afghanistan

Around 16,000 troops from US, NATO and other partner countries are deployed in Afghanistan.

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

Around 16,000 troops from U.S., North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and other partner countries are in Afghanistan, training the Afghan forces within the framework of a NATO-led mission.

"The strategy sends a clear message to the Taliban that they can not wait us out", he said.

"An American role will be important in this, but we can't run the peace talks, we can't settle this from the outside", Pompeo said, according to a transcript of his remarks.

Ghani's government called for a ten-day ceasefire in June to coincide with the Muslim holiday of Eid.

The Taliban did not claim responsibility for the attack, but acknowledged it in a message on its official Telegram channel.

A USA service member has been killed and two others injured in what appears to be an insider attack in Afghanistan, NATO said. Two other Americans were wounded in the attack.

Cpl. Joseph Maciel of South Gate, California, died July 7, 2018, in Tarin Kowt District, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan from wounds sustained during an apparent insider attack.

Incidents like these have decreased in frequency in recent years as United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces have increased vetting of Afghan troops and taken precautionary measures, such as assigning protection forces known as "guardian angels" to advisory units. Some of the US forces are involved in counterterrorism operations, particularly against the Islamic State jihadist group. Afghan commandos carried out the operation with support from USA special forces and air power. As Pompeo's remarks indicated, the Taliban is an indigenous problem for Kabul to resolve with American support, all the more so if Pakistan truly gets serious about controlling its border region.