Man in Afghan uniform kills NATO soldier; 3 others die
KABUL, Afghanistan — A man in an Afghan army uniform shot and killed a NATO service member Saturday, and the Taliban said the assailant was a sleeper agent who had infiltrated the Afghan military.
Cases of foreign troops being attacked by rogue policemen and soldiers — or militants impersonating them — are on the rise as international forces are increasingly partnered with Afghan troops preparing to take the lead in security by the end of 2014.
NATO also reported the killings of three other service members — one in a roadside bombing Saturday in southern Afghanistan, a second in an insurgent attack Friday in the west and a third during a military operation Friday in the south. No other details about the deaths were released.
Saturday's shooting attack by the Afghan soldier took place at a military compound in Helmand province that was occupied by Afghan and coalition troops, an Afghan military official in the area said.
He said the NATO service member was killed in his quarters and the shooter got away before the victim's body was discovered.
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Deaths in Afghanistan
As of Saturday, 1,554 U.S. troops have died in the war in Afghanistan. Identifications as reported by the U.S. military and not previously published:
• Marine Lance Cpl. Robert S. Greniger, 21, Greenfield, Minn., combat Tuesday; Helmand province.
• Marine Lance Cpl. Norberto Mendez Hernandez, 22, Logan, Utah; combat July 10; Helmand province.
• Army Spc. Rafael A. Nieves Jr., 22, Albany, N.Y.; small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenade July 10; Paktika province.
• Army Sgt. 1st Class Terry L. Pasker, 39, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; small-arms fire July 9; Panjshir province.
• Army Sgt. Christopher P. Soderlund, 23, Pineville, La.; rocket-propelled grenade July 9; Logar province.
• Navy Seaman Aaron D. Ullom, 20, Midland, Mich.; enemy fire Tuesday; Helmand province.
Deaths in Iraq
As of Saturday, 4,472 U.S. troops have died in the Iraq war. Identification as reported by the U.S. military and not previously published:
• Army Sgt. Steven L. Talamantez, 34, Laredo, Texas; enemy fire July 10; Al Amarah.