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USA 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.

The last "green-on-blue" attack occurred in August 2017 when a Romanian NATO soldier was killed.

The NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan, Resolute Support, said Saturday that the incident was under investigation and that the two wounded U.S. service members are being treated and are in stable condition.

It was not immediately clear what became of the shooter.

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The so-called "green-on-blue" attack is the latest in a line of incidents where Afghan soldiers have turned their weapons on worldwide forces they are working with.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal and Afghanistan Campaign Medal.

"Our prayers are with his family and friends during this hard time", Conner said in the statement.

Pompeo said US strategy for Afghanistan "is indeed working", but the next steps must be taken by the Afghan government.

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The incident marks the first combat fatality for the US military in Afghanistan since April 30 and the second there this year.

He urged both groups to come to the negotiating table, adding, the USA would be willing to help facilitate the discussions.

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

As in other areas of the war, Afghan units suffer more heavily than coalition units from insider attacks.

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The attack comes a year after three USA special forces soldiers were shot dead by one of their Afghan colleagues.


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