US service member in Afghanistan killed in apparent ‘insider attack’

US service member in Afghanistan killed in apparent ‘insider attack’
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A U.S. service member was killed and another troop was wounded in Afghanistan on Monday in what military leaders described as an “apparent insider attack.” 

“The sacrifice of our service member, who volunteered for a mission to Afghanistan to protect his country, is a tragic loss for all who knew and all who will now never know him,” Commanding Gen. Scott Miller said in a statement.

The service member is the sixth American killed in Afghanistan this year, U.S. forces said in a statement. His identity has not yet been released.

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The wounded service member is in stable condition.

Miller took over this weekend as the leader of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan after Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr. retired from the post after 31 months.

In his farewell remarks, Nicholson called for an end to the war, urging all sides to cease the violence.

After campaigning on a promise to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, President TrumpDonald John TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency MORE announced on Aug. 21, 2017, that American forces would remain in the country. He has also eliminated a timetable for withdrawal and loosened some rules of engagement.