Afghan soldier open fire on USA soldiers in Helmand leaving 3 wounded

Afghan soldier open fire on USA soldiers in Helmand leaving 3 wounded

"The guard lost his life in exchange of fire", Mohammad Rasoul Zazai told Reuters.

At least three U.S. Army soldiers were shot and wounded by an Afghan Army soldier in "insider attack". United States soldiers receiving medical care.

William Salvin, a US military spokesman in Afghanistan, said security forces on the base killed the attacker.

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During the peak of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, almost 13,000 Special Operations forces were deployed on missions across the globe, but a large majority were assigned to those two countries.

Last May two Romanian soldiers were killed and a third wounded after two members of a local Afghan police unit they were training shot them.

Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., the top US military commander in Afghanistan, told the Senate Armed Services Committee in February that a "few thousand" more troops are needed to help train Afghanistan's military and police forces as they battle Taliban insurgents, Islamic State militants and other militias. The Afghan Army solider opened fire during a military exercise at a base in southern Afghanistan. There are roughy 8,400 USA troops in the country, more than Iraq and Syria combined.

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Afghanistan's largest province of Helmand has been the scene of intense fighting in the previous year and most of its districts are under the Taliban's control or influence.

Another 10 fighters were killed in a separate drone strike in the Dand-e Patan district of neighbouring Paktia province, said Gov. Zelmai Wessa.

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