Camp Shaheen – Seven US Soldiers Wounded in Afghan Insider Attack

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June 17 – An insider attack at Camp Shaheen in Afghanistan wounded 7 US Soldiers, wounded one ANA soldier, and killed another. Initial reports claimed the US soldiers were killed, but Operation Resolute Support confirmed there were no fatalities among the US troops. It is unclear if the deceased Afghan soldier is also the shooter.

According to reports, the Afghan suspect opened fire on coalition troops in the second insider attack in a week. Camp Shaheen is overseen by the multinational coalition, and is headed by the German military.

Camp Shaheen is in Mazar i-Sharif in Balkh Province, Northern Afghanistan. Back in April, the Taliban infiltrated the 209th Corps of the Afghan Army base and killed over 100 Afghan troops during their Friday prayer time. It’s logical to assume there were more infiltrators.

Abdul Qahar Araam, spokesman for the Afghan Army’s 209th Corps, told reporters four US soldiers had been killed, but that was denied by the U.S. military. He stated there would be an investigation.

The Camp’s purpose is a “train and advise” mission.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis told Congress on June 13 that “we are not winning in Afghanistan right now and we will correct this as soon as possible.” 

Media began reporting that the US had authorized 4,000 more troops to be deployed to Afghanistan in order to “correct” that situation. Mattis has denied any decision on such a surge of manpower. His strategy and recommendations will likely be revealed in the weeks or days ahead. He is in favor of putting pressure on Pakistan to remove the terrorists that are just across the border with Afghanistan.

“We’re going to have to look at a more regional strategy, one that takes into account Afghanistan as part of South Asia, not look at it in isolation.” SecDef Mattis

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