The deaths of two American soldiers in an attack Saturday on an army checkpoint in eastern Afghanistan brings the total number of U.S. troops killed in the almost 11-year-old war to 2,000.

The “green on blue” attack is the latest in a series of assaults by uniformed Afghan soldiers, police officers or militants that have killed more than 50 foreign troops and the same number of Afghan cops and soldiers this year.

— Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

The Guardian:

Saturday’s shooting took place at an Afghan army checkpoint just outside a joint US-Afghan base in Wardak province, said Shahidullah Shahid, a provincial government spokesman. At least two Afghan soldiers also died, he said.

“Initial reports indicate that a misunderstanding happened between Afghan army soldiers and American soldiers,” Shahid said.

He said investigators had been sent to the site. It was not clear if the assailant was killed.

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