KABUL, Afghanistan—Three ISAF service members were killed and several were injured at a combined ISAF/Afghan National Army patrol base in Southern Afghanistan early Tuesday morning.
A joint ISAF and Afghan Ministry of Defense team is investigating the incident due to allegations the ISAF service members were fired upon by an Afghan National Army soldier.
“I echo the condolences and sentiments offered by President Karzai and the other Afghan officials. This is a combined, joint mission, Afghan and Alliance troopers fighting shoulder-to-shoulder against the Taliban and other extremists. We have sacrificed greatly together, and we must ensure that the trust between our forces remains solid in order to defeat our common enemies. On behalf of all the troopers of ISAF, I offer sincere condolences to the families and the fellow service members of our fallen comrades.” said Gen. David Petraeus, Commander ISAF.
“The loss of any of our coalition partners affects us deeply. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the friends and families of our fellow soldiers. Our ongoing, partnered investigation will seek to determine how this event could have occurred and we will prosecute those responsible,” said Afghan Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi.
Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases