'Insider shooting' marks 2,000 US dead in Afghanistan

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The Independent Online

An Afghan soldier turned his gun on US troops at a checkpoint on Saturday in the country's east, killing two Americans and at least two members of Afghanistan's army.

The shooting marked both the continuance of a disturbing trend of insider attacks and the 2,000th American death in the long-running war.

The shooting was at an Afghan army checkpoint just outside a joint US-Afghan base in Wardak province. An Afghan official said three Afghan soldiers were killed in the clash. It was not clear if the assailant was among the dead.