WASHINGTON — In the latest likely case of an insider attack, an American service member was killed and several others injured Monday when individuals dressed in Afghan police uniforms turned their guns on them in southern Afghanistan, U.S. officials said.
Jamie Graybeal, a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, confirmed the death and said the three Afghan shooters fled and are being sought. Although they were wearing police uniforms, it was not yet certain if they were actually Afghan police or were just wearing the clothing.
Other U.S. officials said nine U.S. troops were injured in the shooting, mostly with fairly minor wounds.
The number of insider attacks in Afghanistan has escalated, with more than a dozen fatal assaults already this year, that have led to more than 20 deaths.
Last year there were a total of 21 fatal attacks that killed 35 coalition service members, according to ISAF figures. That compares with 11 fatal attacks and 20 deaths the previous year. In 2007 and 2008 there were a combined total of four attacks and four deaths.
G-20 summit opens with focus on European economy
LOS CABOS, Mexico — European leaders appealed for patience from the world as they came under increasing pressure after market relief from the Greek election proved short-lived and Spain came under renewed financial strains.
The presidents of the European Commission and European Council, in a news conference shortly after the opening of the G-20 summit, insisted that Europe has the political will to fix the continent’s debt crisis. They said they were encouraged by the Greek vote outcome, and indicated a willingness to help Athens, once a governing coalition is formed, to hit financial targets to meet its bailout obligations.
At the same time, the European leaders also sought to turn some of the spotlight to other nations, saying Europe wasn’t the only party in the G-20 that had financial and debt issues to work out. European officials hope they can reassure global markets and leaders when they meet June 28 for a summit in which they are expected to lay out plans for a banking union and other steps to strengthen integration and reduce economic imbalances.
President Barack Obama joined other G-20 leaders in expressing greater confidence after the Greek elections Sunday, and suggested that European leaders ease the stringent austerity requirements that have had a punishing effect on the Greek economy and provoked rebellion among many citizens.