Afghan Pilot Kills Six U.S. Soldiers After Argument [Updated: Nine Americans Dead]

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Another day, another piece of extremely demoralizing news from Afghanistan. (Is there any other kind?) Details vary, but according to various reports, eight NATO soldiers and one contractor were killed at the North Kabul International Airport earlier today by a veteran Afghan pilot after some kind of argument took place. CNN says that six of those NATO soldiers were Americans. The Taliban has claimed responsibility, as they often do in these situations, but NATO and Afghan officials don't believe they were involved. According to the Times, "It was the fourth incident in the past two weeks in which a person wearing an Afghan security force uniform attacked from within a government compound."

Afghan official: Man opens fire on Americans in Kabul; 6 dead [CNN]
Afghan pilot shoots and kills 8 NATO troops [MSNBC]
Gunman Kills NATO Troops at Kabul Airport [NYT]

Update: Now reports indicate that all nine casualties — eight soldiers and one contractor — were American.