3 US service members killed in Southern Afghanistan
Conor Powell reports from Kabul
- Duration 3:12
- Date Aug 10, 2012
Conor Powell reports from Kabul
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And we begin with a Fox News alert a chilling attack in Afghanistan.
Leaving three US troops dead.
An Afghan soldier opening fire on the American service members in southern Afghanistan.
It's the third time something like this has happened this week a load.
Good morning everyone thanks for starting your Friday with us are -- -- -- for Bill -- right here in America's Newsroom.
And I'm Heather Childers -- for Martha MacCallum now we understand that the military has launched an investigation into this latest attack.
The news also highlights a disturbing rise in the number of Afghan security forces or terrorists -- in their uniforms killing coalition -- -- -- -- streaming live for us from Kabul Afghanistan -- What do we know about what led up to this attack.
-- -- the US military is investigating but they're not saying much according to Afghan officials though in the area.
They say that US troops were invited to a meeting with a local Afghan commander in -- that Hala Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan it's an area that is.
Seen a lot of violence and fighting though in the last year or so.
It has died down in terms of the amount of violence based US troops were led to be you believe that they were meeting with look walking commander is that friendly meeting agreed this is something they do regularly but it ended up being an ambush late last night early this morning.
And his Afghan troops turn their weapons aren't as US soldiers killing three of them there are reports that there was a fourth.
US soldier that was injured although US military right now is not confirming -- but we -- know that three US troops were killed.
This year he's seen alarming rise in the number of Afghan.
Troops that have attacked coalition forces there been more than twenty cases this year were.
So called green on blue attacks that happen that's where Afghan soldiers and police officers attacked coalition troops more than thirty US and international troops have been killed this year alone.
And that whole goal is likely to -- this.
This week if this does improve this best case.
Does does appear to be a case where US and Afghan troops weren't battle against each other not Taliban.
Carter obviously this has got to stop -- US commanders saying about it what are they gonna do.
To stop these so called green on blue attacks.
What better all the top commander here is that these attacks are an erosion of trust.
-- really undermine the overall effort here in Afghanistan where US commanders are trying to build up the Afghan security forces by having US and international troops.
Train the Afghan security forces and as we've seen -- draw down of US international troops here in Afghanistan what it is disturbing trends that it.
Maybe his problem grow even worse is that.
In the past it was sort of an equal amount of US and Afghan troops on patrol right now we're seen.
Three or four US troops patrolling with the whole fifteen or twenty or so Afghan troops.
That puts -- US troops in more danger more events like this happen.
The US military is simply saying that that have to continue to build trust and to work on the train and sort of root out the the insurgents that are part of the Afghan security forces but they don't really have a good answer -- how they're going to do that -- -- about streaming live for us from Kabul Afghanistan contacts.