Bait: US, Afghan Team Lured to Militia Meeting in Nangarhar Province, Insurgents Open Fire
An Afghan militia member, interpreter, and US service member were lured to a security “shura” meeting on Thursday. After the meeting, Taliban insurgents opened fire, killing the militia member and wounding both the interpreter and the American service member. The Taliban quickly claimed credit for the ambush, but “overstated” the casualty count, according to the military (standard).
U.S. Navy Capt. Tom Gresback briefed reporters on the incident. The “shura” meeting was to take place with friendly militia factions, but the Taliban had infiltrated the force months before, according to Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid. As the meeting ended, two insurgents disguised as local militiamen opened fire.
The wounded were quickly moved to safety, and a coalition air strike was called in. The strike targeted the compound and killed 10 insurgents. CBS reports that the US service member has been removed from Afghanistan for his recovery and is in stable condition.
The location of the incident was the Mohmand Valley in the Achin District of Nangarhar Province.The Islamic Sate affiliate ISIS-K (Khorasan) has been active in that area, as have the Taliban. The US often works with local militias in the fight against ISIS and the Taliban. Sometimes it can get murky.
Remember when the MOAB was detonated on an ISIS tunnel last year? The Achin District of Nangarhar Province was where it was used. Several US Service members have been killed in Nangarhar Province as US forces help Afghan forces attempt to remove the terrorists from their territory. The province sits on the border of Pakistan.
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Featured photo: screenshot of Nangarhar Province (File Photo)