US Service Member Killed in Insider Attack

Incoming Commander of Resolute Support forces and command of NATO forces in Afghanistan US Army General Scott Miller speaks during a change of command ceremony in Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul Afghanistan

The service member is the sixth American killed in Afghanistan this year, US forces said in a statement.

CNN reported previously that the ISIS leader and 10 other fighters from the terrorist group were killed in an airstrike, according to provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogyani.

At least one U.S. service member was killed and another wounded in an apparent insider attack in eastern Afghanistan, Resolute Support said in a statement on Monday.

The so-called "green-on-blue" attack was the latest in a series of incidents in which Afghan forces have turned their weapons on worldwide troops with whom they are working.

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Insider attacks, or green on blue attacks as they are also called, have sharply gone down in recent years in Afghanistan since the drastic reduction of foreign troops in the country.

The death came one day after a new US commander for all American and allied forces in Afghanistan took over.

Austin Miller has assumed command of the 41-nation North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission in Afghanistan following a handover ceremony. I know this has been a long fight, and it has been generations for us, for the Afghan people.

It was said by Taliban commander Mullah Sher Agha on Sunday that the Taliban commanders inside the country are willing to begin peace talks.

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"Peace negotiations should be among Afghans and for Afghans", Agha told CNN.

The United States is now a year into its strategy of stepping up pressure on the Taliban by increasing airstrikes and sending thousands more troops to train and advise Afghan forces, but clear signs of success have so far proved elusive.

Last month the Taliban launched a brazen attack on Ghazni, a strategic city south of the capital, seizing key buildings and engaging in gunbattles with security forces.

Taliban commander Agha said: "Enemy is first ISIS, then government".

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