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NATO Airstrike in Afghanistan Kills Children

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SHIGAL, Afghanistan) -- As many as ten children and two women are reported to have been killed after a NATO air strike in Shigal, in eastern Afghanistan, according to a report from BBC News.

A local official said the Nato strikes were called in to support an operation by U.S. and Afghan forces targeting senior Taliban commanders in the area.

The official said the strike killed eight Taliban members, but it also reportedly killed twelve women and children civilians, and wounded six additional women.

The NATO-led International Security Assistant Force (ISAF) said that it was “aware of reports of several civilians injured from the engagement, but no reports of civilian deaths.” Photographers from international news agencies dispatched to the scene took pictures that appeared to show the bodies of several dead children.

“ISAF takes all reports of civilian casualties seriously, and we are currently assessing the incident,” the ISAF said in a statement.

A NATO airstrike in the same area of February of last year killed at least 10 civilians, mostly women and children.

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British Soldier Killed in 'Insider' Attack in Afghanistan

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- A British soldier was killed in southern Afghanistan on Monday in a so-called "green on blue" attack, according to officials.

In a statement Tuesday, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said one of its members was killed after "an individual wearing an Afghan National Army uniform turned his weapon against" ISAF troops.  Afghan officials say the incident happened in the Gereshk district of Helmand province.

The "insider" attack also left six other troops injured, two critically, according to officials. The attacker was killed.

ISAF says the incident is currently under investigation.

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US Adviser Killed by Afghan Policewoman in Kabul

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- A U.S. military adviser was shot and killed by an Afghan policewoman in Afghanistan Monday, officials tell ABC News.

The incident occurred at the police headquarters in Kabul.  Afghan officials say the policewoman used her own pistol to shoot the advisor.  She has since been arrested and remains in police custody.

The International Security Assistance Force has confirmed the shooting, saying in a statement Monday, "A contracted civilian employee of the International Security Assistance Force died after being shot by a woman wearing an Afghan police uniform in Kabul, Afghanistan today."

It is not yet clear whether the shooting was intentional or accidental.  Officials say the policewoman may be linked to Taliban insurgents.

An investigation is currently underway.

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Two ISAF Troops Die in Afghanistan

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Two service members of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) died in Afghanistan on Friday, according to NATO.

One soldier was killed following an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan.  The other died from a non-battle related injury in southern Afghanistan.

Per ISAF policy, the troops' identification has been deferred to national authorities.

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NATO Helicopter Crashes in Afghanistan; Two Troops Dead

Tim Hawley/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Two troops were killed Wednesday when a NATO helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan, the third time in 10 days that a coalition chopper has come down.

The International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF) would not confirm the nationality of the two soldiers.

The incident happened in Logar province, an area patrolled mostly by U.S. forces.  A spokesperson for the ISAF would not comment if the helicopter belonged to the U.S.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

"Sometimes these things take weeks to determine the actual cause," Maj. Adam Wojack, an ISAF spokesperson, said.

The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility, saying one of their fighters shot the aircraft down. Afghan sources in Logar say a heavy firefight broke out after the helicopter crashed.

Less than a week ago, a NATO helicopter crashed near Kandahar, killing two Australian troops. 

On Aug. 26, another NATO helicopter crashed, described by ISAF as a "hard landing."  According to ISAF, no one on board was killed.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for both incidents, saying their fighters shot the aircraft down.

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Afghanistan Steps Up Spying on Own Soldiers to End 'Insider' Attacks

ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- With pressure mounting on the Afghan government to do something to curb "insider" attacks on coalition forces, Kabul has intensified its program of spying on their own soldiers and police officers.

"Insider" assaults, also known as "green on blue" attacks, have increased this year, with as many as 10 American soliders killed by Afghan security personnel over a 12-day span -- although there's an acknowledgement that a few of the assailants might have been Taliban infiltrators.

In an effort to find these potential assassins, the Afghan government is sending undercover intelligence officers to mix in with security units throughout the country.

Furthermore, calls between Afghan troops and their families will be more closely monitored, while new recruits are forbidden to use cellphones -- a method of possibly contacting enemies of the NATO coalition.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff, was in Afghanistan over the past few days to discuss Afghan attempts at halting "insider" attacks.

Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi, the Afghan army chief of staff, said after meeting Dempsey, "Soldiers must feel that they are under the full surveillance of their leadership at all levels.  Initially, it will have a negative impact on morale, but we have to do something.  We have to look seriously at every individual."

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Eleven Killed, Including Seven US Troops, in ISAF Helicopter Crash

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Seven American troops, three sailors and four soldiers, were killed in a fiery helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan, NATO reported.

The troops were on a mission in the Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar Thursday morning when the helicopter, a Blackhawk UH-60, went down. Three Afghan troops and one Afghan civilian interpreter were also on board and died in the crash.

Two U.S. military officials told ABC News they are "leaning toward" believing the helicopter was shot down.

As soon as it crashed, enemy combatants headed for the site. A second U.S. helicopter arrived and the enemy was repelled from the air.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, saying one of its fighters shot down the aircraft. The International Security and Assistance Force in Afghanistan would not confirm the aircraft had been shot down, but two hours before it announced the crash, a Taliban spokesperson tweeted that it had been shot down. The Kandahar governor's office also sent out a tweet referring to the aircraft as being "shot down."

"This happened in the enemy's backyard," said a U.S. military official.

The bodies of the seven Americans and four Afghans killed in the crash have all been recovered.

"I offer my sincere condolences to the loved ones and friends of 10 of these brave service members and their civilian colleague who lost their lives today," ISAF spokesman Brig. Gen. Gunter Katz said today in a videotaped statement.

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Afghan Attacks on NATO Troops Tied to Stress, Fatigue

ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Deadly attacks on coalition soldiers by their supposed Afghan allies seem to be on the rise in 2012, with seven American troops killed last week alone.

While these so-called "green on blue" assaults -- referring to the color of the soldiers' uniforms -- are detrimental to the NATO mission of transferring full security responsibilities to Afghan security forces by 2014, the coalition doesn't believe they'll spread to the point of being crippling.

NATO spokesman Brigadier General Gunter Katz says the likely reason they're happening is not because of overall dissatisfaction with the coalition effort but more likely due to "personal grievances, by stress situation, or by battle fatigue."

Katz acknowledged that the 27 attacks this year that have led to 34 fatalities -- the majority of them American -- are tragic, but he said taken in the context of 500,000 Afghan soldiers and police, "green on blue" incidents are still very rare.

He also dismissed a Taliban claim that it's the group's infiltrators who are mainly responsible for the assaults, saying only a few of the incidents can be directly tied to Taliban members who've disguised themselves as government soldiers.

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Afghan Policeman Turns Weapon on NATO, Afghan Forces

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- An Afghan policeman turned his weapon on NATO and Afghan forces at a joint base in eastern Afghanistan Monday, marking the fifth so-called "green on blue" shooting in a week.

A spokesman for NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) told ABC News that no one was killed in the attack, which took place in the Achin district of Nangarhar province.  The spokesman would not confirm earlier reports that two American soldiers were wounded.

Afghan officials are leading an investigation into the incident, with the ISAF providing support as needed.

At least six American service members have been killed in the past week by their Afghan counterparts or those wearing their uniforms, undermining the trust needed as coalition forces get ready to leave and Afghanistan takes responsibility for its own security.

In Monday's attack, the Afghan policeman was not wearing a uniform at the time of the shooting, according to the ISAF spokesman.  The gunman managed to get away.

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Truck Bomb Outside US Base in Afghanistan Injures Troops, Civilians

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- A suicide truck bomb exploded outside the gate of a U.S. military base in eastern Afghanistan Tuesday, leaving at least 11 civilians and two NATO troops injured.

In a statement, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed the attack, saying, "According to current reporting, a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attack took place outside an ISAF base and near an Afghan bazaar in Logar province this morning."

While the ISAF said reports indicated Afghan civilians were wounded in the blast, they did not mention any injuries among NATO troops.  Instead, the coalition said, "Currently, there are no reports that indicate there were ISAF fatalities."

According to AFP, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a text message.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid wrote,"At around 9:00 am one of our mujahideen (holy warriors) carried out a suicide truck bomb attack on a big US forces' camp resulting in many deaths and injuries."

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