Pompeo Makes Surprise Visit to Kabul

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The Taliban said on Twitter that "a patriot Afghan soldier opened fire on Americans in Uruzgan airport killing and wounding at least four American invaders".

Details of the incident, which is still under investigation, were not released.

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

It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack, or whether they had been apprehended.

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North Atlantic Treaty Organisation did not release the identity of the American soldier killed or provide further details about where the incident took place.

But a police officer told news agency AFP the shooting happened at the airport in Tarinkot, the capital of Uruzgan province - although they were unable to confirm this detail with any North Atlantic Treaty Organisation officials.

Pompeo said the USA will "support, facilitate, and participate in these discussions", but emphasized negotiations with the Taliban must be "Afghan-led and Afghan-owned".

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

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The U.S. military believes its operations in the Achin district, site of the "Mother of All Bombs" drop on ISIS caves in 2017, has severely damaged the Islamic State's logistics in Afghanistan and thwarted its planned assaults on Kabul and Jalalabad.

The attack comes a year after three United States special forces soldiers were shot dead by one of their Afghan colleagues. They did not indicate a specific location where the attack occurred.

The latest incident comes as Lieutenant General Scott Miller is set to become the next commander of USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Afghanistan. The last insider attack that resulted in a U.S. casualty occurred two months earlier, in June of previous year.

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