Pompeo, in surprise visit to Afghanistan, urges Taliban peace talks

US service member killed in 'insider attack' in Afghanistan

The militant group acknowledged the attack but did not claim responsibility.

However, the statement said it was "an apparent insider attack".

Details of the incident, which is under investigation, were not immediately released. "Our prayers are with his family and friends during this hard time".

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal and Afghanistan Campaign Medal.

The UAE is highly suspicious of Iran and welcomed President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

The unidentified American was killed on Saturday in the southern part of the country, according to a statement from NATO's Resolute Support mission there.

The last insider attack that resulted in a USA casualty occurred in June 2017, according to NATO Resolute Support officials.

The names of the service members will not be released until their next of kin were notified.

Insider attacks are commonly referred to as "green on blue" attacks.

Afghan security forces, supported by worldwide troops, are now trying to oust Islamic State militants from their strongholds the eastern province of Nangarhar.

Pompeo left Afghanistan for the United Arab Emirates, where he will meet Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a staunch USA ally, amid his country's war in Yemen.

NPR's Tom Bowman noted last month that "a permanent end in the fighting does not seem to be anywhere in sight" in Afghanistan.

This is the third combat fatality in Afghanistan this year. In the six months prior to June, there were two USA military deaths due to hostile actions and 22 US military personnel wounded, according the DoD report.

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