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Mike Pompeo pushes peace talks on unannounced trip to Afghanistan

10 July 2018

The ambush occurred in southern Afghanistan, U.S. military officials said in a statement without being more specific.

US soldier Cpl. Joseph Maciel was killed in an insider or "green-on-blue" attack on Saturday when a traitorous member of the Afghan security force opened fire on his fellow soldiers and American allies.

"And right now, you know, yes, green on blue could be a threat, but we have not had a single incident", Jackson said, using a military term for insider attacks.

The Pentagon has identified the soldier killed in an apparent insider attack Saturday in Afghanistan as Army Cpl.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said the wounded service members are in stable condition. Additional information was not immediately available and the incident was under investigation.

Two more troops were wounded in the apparent attack July 7 according to an announcement from Resolute Support public affairs.

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had extended a recent holiday cease-fire in hopes of encouraging the militants to come to the bargaining table, but the Taliban rejected the offer and resumed attacks.

On New Year's Day, a US soldier was killed and four others wounded in combat operations in the eastern province of Nangarhar.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used an unannounced trip Monday to Afghanistan to step up the Trump administration's calls for peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

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 attack comes a year after three USA special forces soldiers were shot dead by one of their Afghan colleagues. "The Taliban have gained ground, US airstrikes have spiked to put pressure on the group to negotiate, and civilian casualties have increased - partly due to those airstrikes but mostly because of Taliban attacks, and some ISIS attacks".

Mike Pompeo pushes peace talks on unannounced trip to Afghanistan