Latest 'Green on Blue' Attack Pushes US Death Toll in Afghanistan to 2,000

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The United States military death toll in Afghanistan has hit 2,000 after a rogue Afghan soldier shot dead two Americans at a checkpoint. The latest insider, or “green on blue,” attack took place outside a joint United States-Afghan base in Wardak province, with at least two Afghan soldiers also killed.

According to CNN, the American victims included a soldier and a civilian contractor.

Provincial government spokesman Shahidullah Shahid told the Associated Press an Afghan soldier had turned his gun on Americans and started shooting.

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

According to the BBC, at least 52 foreign soldiers this year alone have been killed in green on blue attacks—half of them Americans.