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Three Americans Killed in 'Insider Attack' in Afghanistan

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PATIKA, Afghanistan) -- An apparent insider attack has killed three Americans in the Patika region of Afghanistan.

A man wearing an Afghan army uniform turned his weapon on his American trainers early Saturday, killing three. Two of the trainers were U.S. soldiers. According to BBC News, when the man began firing, a number of international troops fired back at him.

In an unrelated attack, an Italian soldier was killed with a grenade in the Farah province. According to BBC News, the International Security Assistance Force is terming that incident an "insurgent attack." Three additional Italian soldiers were wounded in the attack, says BBC News.

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'Insider Attacks' Resume in Afghanistan

REZA SHIRMOHAMMADI/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- After a lull of several weeks, "insider attacks" on coalition troops have apparently resumed in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon reported Thursday that two U.S. troops were killed by someone dressed in an Afghan police uniform who opened fire on them in the southern Uruzgan province.

Maj. Lori Hodge, a spokeswoman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said it was unclear whether the shooter was a member of the national security forces or an insurgent disguised as a police officer.

The shooting occurred just a day after Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar posted a message on radical Islamic websites, calling for more insider attacks on coalition forces.  Omar has been hiding out in Pakistan since the overthrow of the Taliban in Afghanistan 11 years ago.

So far in 2012, there have been 55 members of the coalition killed in this fashion, most of them U.S. service members.

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Taliban Leader Urges More 'Insider Attacks' in Afghanistan

ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar is urging his followers in Afghanistan to step up so-called "insider attacks" on U.S. and Afghan forces.

Omar, who fled Afghanistan following the U.S.-led invasion 11 years ago and is believed to be hiding out in Pakistan, made his decree during a message posted on the Internet to commemorate the Eid al-Adha holiday that begins Friday.

Insider attacks this year have cost the lives of at least 52 coalition troops this year, most of them American.

The Pentagon says that the deadly assaults are committed by Taliban members or sympathizers who have infiltrated the ranks of Afghan security forces, although some of the deaths are attributed to regular soldiers or police suffering from battle fatigue.

Messages from Omar have been relatively few over the years as he remains a target of U.S. and NATO forces.

He said in his latest missive that the Taliban is winning and vowed to continue the fight "against the invaders who have invaded our country until the occupation ends completely."

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Firsthand Account of Afghan Insider Attacks as War Reaches 2,000 Dead

US Department of Defense(NEW YORK) -- The war in Afghanistan -- the nation’s longest -- has now reached a grim milestone: 2,000 Americans killed in the country.

The most recent of the 2,000 deaths -- suspected to be an insider attack by Afghan forces, or “green on blue” -- was reported Saturday in eastern Afghanistan. During the first nine months of this year, 254 members of the U.S. military lost their lives in Afghanistan.

They are soldiers like Army First Lt. Alejo Thompson, a husband and father of two from Yuma, Ariz. He was killed in May by an Afghan soldier he was mentoring.

Sgt. Joshua Danison witnessed the insider attack and gave ABC News the first eyewitness account.

“We woke up one morning to some gunshots being fired,” he said. “At the time, it was very chaotic. It was an Afghan National Army soldier. We seen [sic] the shooter actually walk up to Lt. Thompson and shoot him.”

Thompson’s killer escaped after the attack and was shown in a Taliban video receiving a hero’s welcome.

Now the men who trust the Afghan security forces with their lives are wrestling with the betrayal.

“There were comments made that we don’t trust them. We don’t want to be around them. We don’t want to partner with them anymore,” Danison said. “But to overcome that, we have to look at it as a mission and it is in our character -- from the time we come out of basic training -- to accomplish missions.”

But for the troops of Task Force Red Warrior, Thompson’s unit, worry remains. Uneasiness is a part of the mission now and will likely be until the last American troops leave the country in 2014.

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