Jun 19, 2017
In the last two weeks three American soldiers have been killed and seven wounded by so-called insider attacks at U.S. Afghan army bases. The attacks were carried out by Afghans who were masquerading as Afghan soldiers. It is a long standing practice of the Taliban to plant their men in Afghan military units in order to ultimately kill loyal Afghan soldiers as well as Americans.
This has been going on since the war started and now there is concern that if Secretary of Defense Mattis does deploy additional American troops to the country it will provide even more targets for the Taliban. However, it may also increase security.