Afghan security personnel killed in apparent friendly fire
Afghanistan rife with challenges
Helmand, a sprawling province in southern Afghanistan, has been the scene of much combat in the long Afghan war.
Friendly fire attacks, when forces are accidentally struck by their comrades, and insider attacks, when members of Afghan security forces deliberately target their own side, have occurred from time to time.
Afghan and US forces launched an offensive against ISIS in early March. Gen. John Nicholson, commander of US and NATO troops in Afghanistan, has pledged to drive the terror group out of the country by the end of 2017.
US Special Operations Forces in the country’s eastern provinces have been directly engaged in the offensive against ISIS. Elsewhere in Afghanistan, US troops are said to primarily serve a training and supporting role.
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