U.S. and Afghan forces came under assault in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said in Kabul since they started investigations to what the New York Times called a fatal shootout between Afghan and American soldiers through a joint exercise.
The newspaper offered a U.S. military saying there were six American casualties and verified that there were deaths without stating how many.
Colonel Sonny Leggett, a spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said a joint U.S. and Afghan force running performance in Nangarhar province was participated by direct firing.
Officials in Afghanistan didn’t remark on the number of casualties.
“We’re analyzing the situation and will provide additional updates as they become available,” he explained.
Insider attacks, frequently called”green-on-blue” strikes, are a normal feature of the battle in Afghanistan, even though their frequency has diminished in the last few decades.
A senior Afghan defense official told Reuters that it wasn’t clear if the incident was due to clashes between Afghan and foreign forces or if hardline Islamist militants were responsible for the assault.
“We aren’t ruling out any possibility but we aren’t calling it an insider attack, Taliban assault, or green-on-blue’ in this stage,” said the official who requested anonymity.
Taliban resources weren’t immediately available to comment.
Sohrab Qaderi, a provincial council member of Nangarhar, stated clashes occurred between the Afghan military and overseas forces at Shirzad district on Saturday afternoon.
He stated members of the Afghan forces were working in the region since last month, and also overseas forces were in the district to shield against Taliban strikes.
“It appears the clashes occurred between Afghan and foreign forces during a raid or perhaps there was a strategic error,” explained Qaderi.
Investigations of previous rogue strikes had discovered many motives for so-called”green-on-blue” shootings, such as frustration with all the 18-year warfare in Afghanistan from the Taliban and other hardline Islamist groups.
Around 14,000 U.S. troops have been stationed in Afghanistan within their U.S.-led NATO mission to train, help and counsel Afghan forces and also to perform counter-terrorism operations.
Despite discussions between the USA and the Taliban to finish the warfare, violence in the nation hasn’t ebbed.